Chance to Shine is now the single biggest school sport initiative in the UK. Bringing back cricket to state schools

The idea is simple: link cricket clubs to local primary and secondary schools, pay qualified cricket coaches to deliver cricket sessions and matches in schools, support and train teachers, and encourage children to come and play at their local cricket clubs.

At the heart of every Chance to Shine project is a cricket club. We are forging strong links between hundreds of primary and secondary schools and their local cricket club.

As a result, thousands of children are enjoying the benefits of joining a club for the first time after experiencing cricket at their school.
Creating this pathway from schools to clubs is fundamental to sustaining Chance to Shine.

Primary Schools

Primary schools across Buckinghamshire have really embraced Chance to Shine right from the start and that’s where the large majority of our work is currently focused.

Chance to Shine coaches develop the knowledge and skills of teachers through regular contact during sessions, which can take place all-year round. We require teachers to be present during all school sessions and to sign a ‘memorandum of understanding’ to confirm their commitment.

Bucks Cricket Board connect club or community coaches to local schools. Last year they delivered cricket coaching sessions in just over eighty primary schools, with three-quarters of the coaching hours carried out during curriculum time.

Secondary Schools

In partnership with Sport England, we are looking to bring more competitive cricket to secondary schools. We have a three-pronged approach to deliver this part of the programme:
  • establish coaching & development clubs in schools
  • embed appropriate competition within them
  • provide training opportunities for young people

School Cricket Clubs

The cricket board and local cricket clubs are working closely with coaches, young people and teachers to set up a satellite cricket club on school sites. Pupils are at the heart of decision making and shape how the school club is run. Activity at the club may range from extra-curricular coaching and forums to discuss club activity, to organising social events and ambassador visits. As well as providing a robust transition to their local cricket club, the satellite clubs give young people a sense of ownership and help them develop important life skills such as leadership, teamwork and cooperation.These skills will help them become role models in their local community to inspire younger children to take up the game.

Chance to Compete

Competition is a key motivation for young people in secondary schools and we are expanding our ‘Chance to Compete’ format; fast-moving eight-a-side matches played in less than an hour. During the winter, schools are holding indoor soft-ball competitions in schoolsports halls and community centres, with the hardball equivalent played outside during the Spring and Summer terms. The new offer to secondary schools will increase competitive cricket opportunities by encouraging each to play aminimum of five competitive matches annually.

Training for Young People

Finally, the secondary school offer will include training for young people to support the long-term impact of the programme. Pupils aged 14to 16 with an interest in developing their cricket knowledge can take a ‘Cricket Young Leaders Award’.

The course, delivered by ECB trained tutors, enables young people to become more actively involved in the planning and delivery of club and competitive cricket opportunities. Additional training will provide young people with business skills to help them run their clubs in a professional way.

For further information please contact Bucks Cricket Board or your local School Games Organiser
Bucks Cricket Board Ltd
Brookfield Lane
MK18 1AU
Company No. 7230767
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