What is Chance to Shine Street
The national project aims to inspire young people to access cricket, whilst promoting social cohesion and creating opportunities, in diverse communities. Chance to Shine Street is purposefully placed in areas that lack green spaces across various parts of Bristol where cricket is less accessible.
We deliver free cricket sessions in different areas with the aim of using cricket as a tool to increase aspirations, mutual respect and enhance relationships with others, including schools and the wider community.
The sessions, which are inclusive to people of all backgrounds and abilities, are created so that all equipment is provided and can be played easily to include everyone. The game is a fast-paced version of tape-ball cricket, which uses a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape instead of a cricket ball. Chance to Shine Street aims to give a new fast, fun feel to cricket that can be played in any contained space indoors or outdoors.
It is not just a sporting project, the program includes workshops run in association with local partners targeting issues affecting specific areas. Youngsters are also provided with the opportunity to develop themselves through working towards positive outcomes: helping to improve leadership, personal skills and future employability including educational workshops, training opportunities, and chances to engage with the local police.
Chance to Shine Street also features regular competitions both in Bristol and nationally. We aim to create teams at each venue to compete in competitions against other teams. During most half terms we also attempt to hold a regional tournament where particpants from various Chance to Shine Street cities will come together. In previous years teams from Bristol have played at Lord’s, the NIA in Birmingham and Manchester.
Chance to Shine Street offers a range of opportunities for volunteers from coaching to administration.
If people are able to help on a long term basis, Chance to Shine will help fund relevant training and qualifications eg coaching badges or IT courses. This will not only help to sustain the Chance to Shine Street hub, but also offer future employment opportunities for the volunteer.
In addition to providing formal qualifications, Chance to Shine Street also provides informal support, mentoring and development opportunities for individuals who are able to commit time to the programme.