Over Two million children are playing cricket today thanks to the Chance to Shine schools' cricket campaign. We’re leaving a legacy of cricket in schools and educating thousands of children at the same time.
If you rewind to May 2005 and the outlook for schools' cricket was bleak. The country's traditional summer sport was in rapid decline and in real danger of dying out in many schools. Less than 10 per cent of state schools played any form of meaningful cricket. Children were just not getting the chance to play cricket at school and urgent action was needed, before it was too late.
The idea is simple: link cricket clubs to local primary and secondary schools, pay qualified cricket coaches to deliver cricket sessions and matches in schools, train teachers and encourage children to come and play at cricket clubs.......And it's worked.
Reversing the decline
We're now starting to reverse the decline in schools' cricket. Thanks to the donations we get from cricket fans, like you, we're bringing cricket back to state schools: 9,000 since 2005.
Hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren are now getting the chance to play cricket, the chance to learn teamwork, discipline and respect from playing cricket; and the chance to shine!
2015 and Beyond - Spreading the Power of Cricket
Chance to Shine set out to bring competitive cricket and its educational benefits to a third of state schools (6,750) and two million children by 2015. The good news is, that now in its tenth year, the charity has successfully brought cricket to 2.5million children in 11,000 state schools across England and Wales, therefore reaching these initial targets ahead of schedule.
Even better news: Chance to Shine will continue beyond 2015, until the remaining schools have been reached and given every child in every school the opportunity to play competitive cricket.
Chance To Shine has now outlined a new mission: to spread the power of cricket in schools and communities, inspiring one million more young people by 2020. The ambitious target is part of a five-year strategy, starting in October, which includes a new £25million fundraising appeal.
As part of the new strategy, Chance To Shine replaces the Cricket Foundation as the charity's official name and the two core programmes will now be called Chance to Shine Schools and Chance to Shine Street (previously StreetChance).
The following links provide more information about the project:
Chance to Shine Schools in Hertfordshire is Co-Oridnated by Hertfordshire Cricket's Cricket Development Team. For more information or to get your school or club involved in Chance to Shine, contact:
Cricket Development Officer - Growth (Education & Community)
Mobile: 07748 004056