Cricket in schools

Each year we help hundreds of thousands of pupils to play cricket and ensure that they learn academic and life skills whilst they take part.  

Cricket in primary schools

Every year, we visit over 4,000 state primary schools to deliver cricket coaching.  Typically over a half-term, our qualified coaches teach pupils key cricket, physical and life skills. Each session is adapted to the needs of the children to help them become confident cricketers.  In many cases pupils are being introduced to the game for the first time. 

We have placed a particular focus on providing opportunities to those young people who need them most, working with primary schools with a higher than national average proportion of pupils receiving free school meals. 

Our work in primary schools…

Every year, we visit over 4,000 state primary schools to deliver cricket coaching.  Typically over the a half-term, our qualified coaches teach pupils key cricket, physical and life skills. Each session is adapted to the needs of the children to help them become confident cricketers.  In many cases pupils are being introduced to the game for the first time.

We have placed a particular focus on providing opportunities to those young people who need them most, working with primary schools with a higher than national average proportion of pupils receiving free school meals.

Our work in secondary schools…

Our delivery in state secondary schools focusses on developing the leadership skills of young people aged 11-16, specifically in the areas of creativity, confidence, adaptability and resilience. Our coaches bring these skills to life in one-off taster sessions and/or in a dedicated leadership programme, typically over a half-term. The programme has a specific focus on supporting schools in areas where cricket has a limited footprint.

Pupils put their skills to the test in Chance to Compete, our national state secondary schools competition. Running over a two-week period in the summer, we host eight regional finals, in partnership with the eight regional Women’s teams. [more info about format]

In Birmingham, we run a bespoke programme, in partnership with TSA Sports, aimed at pupils at risk of exclusion or criminal activity. Mentors Tanyah Sam and Ray, deliver an impactful classroom session, with workshops covering race, discrimination, county lines, knife crime, gang affiliation and joint enterprise. After covering these topics in the classroom session, the pupils enjoy an hour of Street cricket.

Teacher training

As we aim to raise the profile of cricket within each school, we provide additional teacher training and resources to support school staff to continue cricket in the curriculum and connect their pupils to other opportunities to play cricket in their community.

Our coaches encourage all class teachers to attend every session so their coach can share their top tips for delivering each activity. By the end of the half-term, the baton is passed over for the teacher to take a lead in delivering the activities. Our delivery partners also run dedicated teacher training events to further embed their new skills.

The Chance to Shine Portal hosts a variety of lesson plans for all ages including instructional videos and top tips from professional cricketers.

Our work in hospital schools…

In partnership with Capital Kids Cricket, Chance to Shine delivers pioneering cricket sessions in four London hospitals:

  • The Children’s Hospital at Great Ormond Street,
  • Evelina Children’s Hospital at St Thomas’,
  • The Teenage Cancer Unit at The Royal Marsden Hospital
  • Lavender Walk Adolescent Mental Health Unit.

This programme is currently funded by The Angus Lawson Memorial Trust.

Coaches Denise and Ray deliver a 36-week cricket themed programme to help children recover from physical and psychological trauma.

Our coaches run weekly hospital cricket sessions in both the main school areas and on specialist wards. The 90-minute sessions feature catching, throwing, batting and bowling techniques that are adapted to the abilities of each child. A number of children are too sick to make the trip downstairs to the hospital school so activity is adapted to allow bed-bound patients to take part. For some, it is the only regular physical education the children receive during their hospital stay.

The sessions can be a welcome break from clinical treatments, counselling and periods of isolation for the children and can play a positive role as they experience and recover from their treatment.

In the 2022-23 academic year:

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children took part in coaching in schools

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we delivered cricket in 3,885 state primary and Special Educational schools

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of schools that we delivered had a higher than average proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals

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of children agreed 'Cricket is fun' after six weeks of the Chance to Shine programme

CRICKET IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Our delivery in state secondary schools focusses on developing the leadership skills of young people aged 11-16, specifically in the areas of creativity, confidence, adaptability and resilience. Our coaches bring these skills to life in one-off taster sessions and/or in a dedicated leadership programme, typically over a half-term.  

The programme has a specific focus on supporting schools in areas where cricket has a limited footprint. You can read an independent evaluation of our secondary school programme here.

Competition

In primary school, 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. 
 
Chance to Compete is our national secondary school competition aimed at giving secondary state school children an opportunity to play competitive cricket. Matches are played in under an hour and all participants play a significant part in the game. 

The format and rules are adapted so to remove many of the traditional barriers to schools being unable to play competitive cricket, albeit without veering too far from the fundamentals of a game of cricket. 

There are formats and rules related to indoor and outdoor cricket across all year groups, however we run flagship competitions to regional level at U13s & U15s (for girls’ and mixed teams). 

To find out more about taking part in Chance to Compete, please contact your local county cricket board. 

Teacher training and Resources

It’s not just the children who get the opportunity to learn more about cricket, we also encourage their 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. 

The Chance to Shine School’s Portal is a bank of free digital resources for teachers that gives them the lesson plans, instructional videos and top tips from England cricketers to coach their own sessions. 

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of primary teachers gained increased knowledge and confidence to deliver cricket through Chance to Shine. 

HOSPITAL SCHOOLS

In partnership with Capital Kids Cricket, Chance to Shine delivers pioneering cricket sessions in four London hospitals

The Children's Hospital at Great Ormond Street

Evelina Children's Hospital at St Thomas'

The Teenage Cancer Unit at The Royal Marsden Hospital

Lavender Walk Adolescent Mental Health Unit

This programme is currently funded by The Angus Lawson Memorial Trust.

Coaches Denise and Ray deliver a 36-week cricket themed programme to help children recover from physical and psychological trauma.

Our coaches run weekly hospital cricket sessions in both the main school areas and on specialist wards. The 90-minute sessions feature catching, throwing batting and bowling techniques that are adapted to the abilities of each child. A number of children are too sick to make the trip downstairs to the hospital school so activity is adapted to allow be-bound patients to take part. 

For some, it is the only regular physical education the children receive during their hospital stay.

The sessions can be a welcome break from clinical treatments, counselling and periods of isolation for the children and can play a positive role as they experience and recover from their treatment.

Lead your ship

In Birmingham, we run a bespoke programme known as ‘Lead Your Ship’, in partnership with TSA Sports, aimed at pupils at risk of exclusion or criminal activity. Mentors Tanyah Sam and Ray, deliver an impactful classroom session, with workshops covering race, discrimination, county lines, knife crime, gang affiliation and joint enterprise. After covering these topics in the classroom session, the pupils enjoy an hour of Street cricket. 
 

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