Our story

Chance to Shine is an independent charity that works to spread the power of cricket in schools and communities across the country.

Old cricket bat and ball

The charity was established as ‘The Cricket Foundation’ in 1981 and was initially the charitable arm of the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB). It was responsible for allocating payments to the County Boards for grassroots and youth cricket. Over the course of 15 years it invested over £30 million to create opportunities for young people to play cricket. 

A new dawn

ECB took on the responsibility of managing all cricket in England & Wales and the Cricket Foundation became an independent charity.

Chance to Shine is born

In 2005, the Cricket Foundation focused the majority of their efforts on the new initiative: Chance to Shine. Chance to Shine was founded by, the then Governor of the Bank of England, Lord King of Lothbury; broadcaster Mark Nicholas and cricket equipment manufacturer Duncan Fearnley. The three agreed that something needed to be done to reinvigorate state school cricket and ensure that all children were given the opportunity to play the sport that they loved. England’s Andrew Strauss and Matthew Hoggard officially launched the first Chance to Shine School on 23 May in Bethnal Green, London.

Chance to Shine initially worked by pairing schools with local clubs to provide expertise in their cricket lessons as well as the opportunity to transition if the children were interested. As the charity has grown and developed, it has moved towards a delivery method that uses the network of 39 County Cricket Boards and an army of around 1,000 cricket coaches who support the coaching of cricket in schools across the country.

Street is born

Chance to Shine Street (formerly known as StreetChance) was launched. The programme was focused on inner-city areas and was dedicated to providing children and young people who might not have access to traditional cricket clubs with a place to play the game. The programme was initially piloted in London and Birmingham before moving to more cities across the UK.

The first milestone

Chance to Shine delivered to their 1 millionth child. This would become 3 million by 2016.

A rebrand

The Cricket Foundation was rebranded and the charity became officially known as Chance to Shine. With this came a new logo, style and branding colours.

Growing the programme

Chance to Shine redesigned its Primary School Programme, producing a standardised approach for the 39 County Cricket Boards to follow. As part of the this, the charity worked to develop an online Schools' Portal that contained all the digital resources for teachers and coaches to be able to deliver Chance to Shine sessions in schools.

Elsewhere, 2017, Sport England pledged £3 million over three years to help Street cricket expand to nearly 200 clubs across the country.

6 million

Despite the interuption of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dhanya Muralidharan,  Claremont Primary School in Manchester, becomes the charity's 6 millionth participant.

Limitless Futures

Chance to Shine unveil their new four year strategy, with the aim of delivering to 1 million children annually by 2028

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