Chance to Shine
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Chance To Shine is the GCB’s main partner in delivering cricket in schools.
In 2016 alone coaches working on behalf of the GCB visited more than 100 primaries and 55 secondaries in the county through the Chance to Shine scheme.
Launched in 2005, Chance To Shine’s aim is to regenerate competitive cricket and bring its educational benefits to primary and secondary schools, across the country.
The scheme is delivered through individual projects across England and Wales linked to specific cricket clubs. Each project provides a structured coaching and competition programme for a group of up to six primary and secondary state schools. The group of schools are supported by professional qualified coaches who are engaged by the local cricket club or the county board.
Each project, up to now, has been funded for a minimum period of five years and once it has ended the GCB work closely with the schools and clubs to help them sustain cricketing activities.
In 2014 the Cotswold East project was named the national Project of the Year for the second time. John Peplow from Old Down Cricket Club also won Volunteer of the Year.
Last year there were more than 30 club-based projects and four district projects in Gloucestershire.
The Gloucestershire Cricket Board always want to hear from clubs in the county that are keen to develop their junior sections to apply to be part of the 2016 Chance To Shine programme.
There are a number of benefits that running a Chance To Shine programme can have for your club.
- Increasing the amount of junior members in your youth section.
- Building partnerships with local schools.
- Creating a sustainable cricket club by bringing in new members.
- Raising the profile of your cricket club.
- Providing employment opportunities for Level Two cricket coaches at your club.
- Increasing revenue to the club through membership, bar takings etc.
- Increase volunteer numbers with new parents becoming involved in the club.
The funding from Chance To Shine will cover the following:
- A coaching programme for a cluster of up to six schools.
- A mixture of both curriculum and extra-curricular activity along with migration sessions at the cricket club to introduce potential new players to the club.
- Training opportunities for teachers to aid them in delivering cricket.
- Support for schools through competition.
- A budget to cover new equipment, trophies for competitions and coaches mileage.
- Resources to run an assembly, making all of the students aware of what their school is involved in and creating energy and enthusiasm about cricket.
How does a cricket club qualify to be a Chance To Shine club?
A Chance To Shine club must be able to monitor the programme and provide online data against Chance to Shine key performance indicators. In order to do this each project must have:
- A Chance to Shine manager within your club who will work with the GCB to progress and deliver the project to the agreed objectives.
- Coaches – Do you have a Level 2 coach at the club that can deliver the project or would you be reliant on external help for all or part of the scheme?
The 2017 GCB Chance to Shine Programme is open to all clubs in the county with junior sections. To apply clubs need to simply complete the application form answering the following questions:
- Why should your Club be involved in the Chance to Shine Scheme? What are your club’s needs?
- Which age groups will be your priority for the scheme? (Open to all ages from 6 – 16 years).
- What time of the year would you like to deliver the coaching for most impact on the club and the school?
- How many hours would the club look to provide to their local schools?
- Do you have a Level 2 coach at the club that can deliver the project or would you be reliant on external help for all or part of the scheme?
Information is sent out to all clubs in September. The application process then decides on how much funding each club/ project will receive.
How can we be involved without cricket coaches available?
A Chance To Shine programme can be delivered in one of three ways:
Club: A cricket club can provide a coach or coaches to deliver the whole coaching plan.
Split: A cricket club can support with some of the coaching but may need support with some of their sessions. This is where GCB coaches can step in and support.
Board: Some cricket clubs may need a Chance To Shine scheme but not have any coaches available during the day. In some cases the GCB can provide all of the coaching to local schools to that cricket club.
Any school involved in the Chance To Shine programme are expected to commit to the following:
- Sign the School partnership agreement that specifies both the cricket club and school expectations.
- Have a teacher present during every coaching session.
- Pay a school contribution of £10 per week this can be for up to three hours of coaching.
- Buy in to the teacher training opportunities – our idea is to make the school sustainable by improving the cricket knowledge of teachers.
National Cricket Week
Every year the Chance To Shine holds a National Cricket Week. The aim is for every school to play some form of cricket during this week. Flagship events are run all around the country where famous cricket faces support. In 2010 Alaistair Cook attended a sessions at St Werburghs Primary School in Bristol. The story ended up getting on to Sky Sports News providing fantastic publicity for the school and local club.
Chance To Shine ambassadors
The England cricket players are all ambassadors of the Chance To Shine programme. In previous years Gloucestershire schools have had visits from the two current England captains, Alastair Cook and Charlotte Edwards.
If you would like more information on the Chance To Shine programme please email Chris Munden or ring on 07557 924941.