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Bringing cricket back to state schools

Chance to Shine is bringing cricket back to schools. Before the Cricket Foundation launched the schools' cricket programme in 2005, fewer than 10% of state schools played competitive cricket. 

'Chance to Shine supported by Brit Insurance' is now running in 4,000 schools and 1.5million children have enjoyed cricketing opportunities as a result. Read more

Chance to Shine is not just about cricket. Young people involved in the programme are developing essential life skills and values, such as leadership, discipline, teamwork and understanding how to win and lose.  Read more

You can read just how Chance to Shine is having an impact on young lives in our case studies section

£15 pays for a child to benefit from Chance to Shine for a year.How to help


How it works 

Chance to Shine is delivered through individual projects working with County Cricket Boards across England and Wales. Each project provides a structured coaching and competition programme for a group of up to eight primary and secondary state schools. The group of schools is supported by professional, qualified coaches engaged by one local cricket club.

We also provide equipment, facility development (including playground markings and non-turf pitches) as well as training for state school teachers and coaches. Each project is funded for a minimum period of five years and once it’s ended, we work closely with schools and clubs to help them sustain cricket activities. During 2012 Cumbria Cricket has delivered cricket coaching to 88 Junior schools across Cumbria, using our own staff and Club coaches throughout the County.  

Chance to Shine also support a number of special projects, including StreetChanceMCC Spirit of Cricket, and our hospital cricket programme 

How can this benefit your FOCUS Club ...

Cumbria Cricket Limited is currently part of the largest grassroots sports initiative, bringing cricket to state schools in our County through Chance to Shine.  Opportunities are available for your club and coaches to apply to be part of the project from January 2013.

The benefits for the Club would be:

  • Financial support to deliver programme
  • Excellent resources and training
  • Structured coaching programme to deliver in your local schools
  • Sustainable outcomes-school will continue to deliver cricket
  • Robust pathway from the schools to the Club-more junior members

In order for the club to be eligible to apply, the following minimum quality standards are required:

  • Have a minimum UKCC 2 Cricket Coach with additional subsidiary qualifications:
    • Safeguarding and protecting children
    • 1st Aid
    • CRB check
    • Be a member ECB CA
  • In addition to attend the following training:
    • Coach Development Day
    • Monitoring and Evaluation training day

The basis for the programme will to be able to deliver during school curriculum and after school time as well as Club Introductory Sessions for new members migrating from the schools.

If your Club is interested in delivering Chance to Shine please fill in the expression of interest form with details of the coach/es that meet the above standards, and willing to attend training.

It would also be helpful if you could identify the following information which will mirror your club development plan:

  • Which schools would you want to develop a partnership with?
  • Which age groups does your development plan highlight a need to increase numbers?
  • How you can develop opportunities for both boys and girls
  • Cumbria Cricket Ltd will hold interviews to ensure suitability for all parties.

Please fill in the application form, which you can download as a PDF file  here to register an expression of interest. Fill out and send back before 21st August 2012 

If you need any more information please contact Bob Simpson via 015395 60066 or bob@cumbriacricket.co.uk