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[lead]Primary schools can win a visit from an England player by signing up to Chance to Shine’s new teacher resource.[/lead]

More than 123 Gloucestershire teachers and coaches have already registered for the cricket charity’s online School Portal since its launch in Autumn 2017.

And Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) projects and programmes manager Chris Munden is urging others to follow in their footsteps.

He said: [blockquote size=”full|half|third|fourth|two-thirds|three-fourths” align=”left|center|right” byline=”Chris Munden” rating=”0|1|2|3|4|5″]“The new Chance to Shine School Portal is the best resource bank ever created for primary school cricket and arguably in any sport. It features session plans, games, practices and
classroom sessions for children in both Key Stage 1 and 2 and it is completely free to sign up to. Whether you are looking to teach cricket for the first time, want some new ideas or would like to bring cricket into the classroom I would urge both teachers and our schools coaches to register asap.”[/blockquote]

As well as getting the chance to win an England player visit, schools will also enter a draw for free Gray Nicolls kit bags if they register before February 9 . To sign up please visit

Chance to Shine – which uses cricket as a vehicle to develop young people in state schools and local communities – has helped introduce 3.5 million children to the game since 2005. The new portal and schools programme is key to helping them grow that number to the point where they reach one million children a year by 2020 – 500, 000 through Chance to Shine coaches and another half a million through the schools themselves.

The new Schools Portal has been built to support Chance to Shine’s new schools coaching programme which has been created in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust. As well as helping pupils develop their physical literacy skills the resources include classroom-based lessons to develop numeracy and literacy. The resources – which are for both Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils – also aim to support the development of important character traits.

To find out more about the new schools programme please watch the video below:

Richard Darwin, Operations Manager for Chance to Shine said: “We’re on a mission to spread the power of cricket by giving all young people the opportunity to play and learn through cricket. Much as we’d like to, we can’t deliver our programme directly in every school. We know that many teachers are keen and able to offer cricket themselves. These resources will help you to do that; and you don’t need to have any prior knowledge or be a cricket expert to share the fun!
[blockquote size=”full|half|third|fourth|two-thirds|three-fourths” align=”left|center|right” byline=”Richard Darwin” rating=”0|1|2|3|4|5″]“The portal is free to sign up to and you can register even if your school isn’t part of a Chance to Shine project this year. More than 4,700 teachers from over 1950 schools nationwide have registered for the schools portal already and we hope that number will continue to grow.”[/blockquote]

Gloucestershire was named Chance to Shine’s Board of the Year at its recent annual awards ceremony. For more on that story, including a video please visit

If you are a Gloucestershire school or club interested in finding our more about Chance to Shine please email Chris Munden at

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