GCB launches biggest ever schools programme thanks to Chance to Shine funding

The Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) will coach in more secondary schools than ever before thanks to new funding from the Chance to Shine charity.

The partnership will allow GCB coaches to deliver over 1400 hours of cricket across more than 40 secondaries.

The scheme includes coaching sessions, competitions, teacher training and young leaders’ courses.

In addition to the secondary programme the GCB will continue to deliver more than 1800 hours of coaching to 84 primary schools through its Chance to Shine primary scheme.

GCB projects and programmes manager Chris Munden said: “This funding means we can deliver our biggest and most comprehensive schools... Read more

Video: Glos skipper Charlie urges people to get into coaching

Gloucestershire Women's captain Charlie Walker features in a new video encouraging people to get into coaching.

In the ECB promotional video, Charlie, who is a level 2 coach,  recounts her own cricketing journey from playing through to becoming a coach.

The Bristol Phoenix player is manager of the county under 13 girls said: "I like to get involved and have a laugh with the players -especially the players we have who are quite a loud bunch.

"Coaching isn't just about cricket necessarily, you can learn a lot of other things about yourself through playing sport.

"You are coaching cricket but you are also developing a young... Read more

“I thought cricket was boring but not any more”: Listen to BBC Gloucestershire’s feature on our Street Cricket programme

With Gloucester's first ever Street Cricket League set to start in the New Year, BBC Gloucestershire have put together a feature on this fast-paced form of the game.

GCB community coach Masoor Khan spoke to presenter Claire Carter live in the studio ahead of a taster session at GL1 Leisure Centre.

A journalist from BBC Glos also visited one of Cheltenham's two StreetChance schemes and spoke community coach Jamie Mitchell and young people taking part.

To listen to the interview click here and go to 1hr 48mins into the show.

The GCB currently runs eight StreetChance projects in the county, six in Bristol and two in Cheltenham. The scheme was created by... Read more

Cricket duo honoured at South Glos Sports Awards

Brian Kelly from Gloucestershire Kwik Cricket champions Christchurch Downend has been awarded a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his services to school sport.

The caretaker picked up the prize at the 2014 South Gloucestershire Sports Awards – an event which saw Downend allrounder Naima Milhofer, 13, finish as runner up in the Young Sports Personality category.

Lisa Pagett, Gloucestershire Cricket Board projects and programmes manager - who attended the ceremony at Southmead’s BAWA Club – said both people thoroughly deserved the recognition.

She said: “It was a great evening and I am delighted to see two people from the Gloucestershire cricket family getting... Read more

Winter Emerging Player Programme extended

The cricket season is still six months away but Gloucestershire’s top youngsters are already back in training as part of the 2014/15 Emerging Players Programme (EPP).

Fifteen players aged 13 to 17 from across the county are currently attending specialist weekly sessions in Bristol and Gloucester led by GCB head of performance Tim Hancock.

The 13 boys and two girls have been selected based on their performances in county age group cricket. The squad includes four players; Benny Ellis (Charlton Kings), Dominic Hooper (Claverham), George Haynes and Callum Loud (both Downend) who are involved for the first time.

For the full list of this winter’s EPP players please see... Read more

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