Chance to Shine is a national charity on a mission to spread the power of cricket throughout schools and communities. The charity takes cricket to new places and uses it to ignite new passions, teach vital skills, unite diverse groups, and educate young people from Cornwall to County Durham.
Since 2005, Chance to Shine has given over 5 million boys and girls in more than 16,000 state schools and community projects, the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket. The Chance to Shine Street programme is engaging thousands of young people in inner city areas affected by youth crime with a lack of access to traditional cricket clubs.
Since the start of the COVID-19 national lockdown, the charity has focussed its efforts on supporting teachers and parents to keep children active through digital cricket sessions, made available every week, that link to the National PE Curriculum. The sessions are adapted so they can be run in the home, with limited space and equipment. Use the button to find the content and join in with the fun:
Chance to Shine in Gloucestershire
We have received support from Chance to Shine for 12 years and the impact we have been able to have across the county has been huge. The project as a whole has so many positive elements that it is hard to quantify the impact in totality. You can see below the annual impact reports from the last 4 academic years. The main stand out points from the last academic year would be:
- 184 of the 402 Primary Schools in Gloucestershire received coaching
- This consisted of 117 receiving a Schools Programme and 67 receiving a Roadshow
- This reached 21,298 unique children across the whole county.
- This was delivered by 29 different unique Level 2 & 3 Coaches
- We delivered 292 hours of competitions which were both indoor and outdoor
- 5,000 children were involved across 42 unique events. The competitions were split across 4 different formats which were
- Key Stage 1 Multi Skills Festivals (Indoor)
- Kwik Cricket Open Year 3 & 4 (Outdoor)
- Kwik Cricket Girls Year 5 & 6 (Outdoor)
- Kwik Cricket Open Year 5 & 6 (Outdoor)
The thing we are most proud of in Gloucestershire is the impact the programme has on our cricket clubs. Over the years there have been a number of fantastic good news stories that have only happened due to Chance to Shine projects, for example:
- Cam CC – Set up a girls section
- Frenchay CC – Set up a girls section
- Winterbourne CC – Set up a girls section
- Chipping Campden CC – Set up a junior section
- Fairford CC – Recruited 100s of new junior members across a 5 year window. The club also won ‘National Club of the Year’ on two occasions
- Old Down CC – Rejuvenated their youth section
- Cinderford St John CC – Rejuvenated their youth section
We have always put clubs at the heart of Chance to Shine as we believe if children are inspired in schools and can access a local cricket club there is a good chance they will be hooked for life. We align schools delivery in a way that enables local promotion and introduction. This strategy has been hugely successful in getting more school children to join their local cricket club. Two accolades that we in Gloucestershire have received in the last 3 years:
- 2017 – Gloucestershire were awarded ‘Chance to Shine National Board of the Year’
- 2018 – Gloucestershire were the only county in England and Wales to reach its stretched national target for All Stars Cricket signups.
What does the programme offer schools?
The Programme inspires children to be excited about the sport, teaches pupils how to play cricket and ensures that they learn academic and life skills whilst they take part. It supports staff to teach the sport, so that they develop a culture of cricket within their school. It encourages schools to compete, internally or taking part in a local tournament, and help children to take the next steps to progress on their cricketing journey.
The Chance to Shine Schools’ Teachers Portal is a free platform which provides teachers with all the resources you need to teach cricket in your school. This includes, session plans and videos to support teachers to deliver cricket activities in the playground and lesson plans, which fall in line with the National Curriculum to bring a cricket theme into the classroom. Use the button to access all the resources for free:
GCB coaches inspire and enthuse the children about the sport of cricket. Our Spirit of Cricket assemblies are a brilliant way to introduce the sport and the values of the game to the pupils. At the heart of cricket are the values of fair play, teamwork and respect. Cricket is an inclusive sport where boys and girls play and develop together.
Our coaches support school staff to deliver cricket sessions once a week for a six-week period and aim to develop the all-round skills of the children they work with, whilst improving the confidence of school staff to deliver sessions independently.
The sessions are specifically designed for the different ages and abilities of the children and make sure that, whether it’s the very first time a child has picked up a bat and a ball or if they play regularly at their local club, everyone learns and improves during the lesson.
The sessions ensure that children are achieving the skills they need, as set out in the national curriculum, like throwing, catching and ball-striking; and are enjoying themselves at the same time.
As well as developing the technical skills of the children and getting them physically active, we use the sport to support the national curriculum through cricket-themed lessons.
The Chance to Shine Schools’ Portal has literacy and numeracy lessons that use cricket in the classroom. Whether it’s looking at fielding position coordinates or journalistic reporting, cricket can enthuse the children and the portal provides the lesson plans and resources to do it.
Throughout the sessions, coaches use cricket to teach children valuable life skills like teamwork, respect and communication. By focussing on developing the whole child and the achievement of ‘personal best’, our coaches develop the children’s social and mental wellbeing, building their confidence and improving their attitude towards sport.
It’s not just the children who get the opportunity to learn more about cricket, they programme also encourages teachers to get involved. Many teachers tell us they see cricket as an intimidating sport and have avoided teaching it as a result.
The Chance to Shine coaches deliver informal training to the teachers so that, once the six-week period has ended, they too feel more confident with the sport and are able to build a sustainable culture of cricket within their school.
Healthy competition is a great goal to work towards, and winning and losing with grace is an important skill for children to learn. We encourage schools to take part in local and regional competitions to give their pupils the experiences that come with testing themselves in that environment.
Our coaches have great relationships with local cricket clubs across Gloucestershire and will help any children that want to progress on to playing cricket out of school by directing them to their local club, All Stars Cricket and Dynamos Cricket centres or Chance to Shine Street project.
For more information or to get your school involved in the programme, please contact:
Cricket Operations Manager
Mobile – 0757 924941