Here come the bright sparks

Here come the bright sparks

Our team of 6 six are here to support all children in developing their confidence, skills and knowledge around playing cricket and learning to be active.  Each of the team is unique in their skills and style and truly showcase how cricket can be a game for everyone.

‘Here Come the Bright Sparks’ is a resource package which is aimed at supporting the physical development of children in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The resources include an animation; ‘Meet Charlie, the Confident Cricketer!’, alongside four Physical development lessons which use a storytelling theme. They sit alongside Chance to Shine’s existing Play resources for Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2), which include, easy to follow lesson plans and step by step instructional videos. The Play resources use the Bright Sparks characters to develop physical skills and familiarity with cricket, whilst mapping to national curriculum outcomes and linking to England & Wales Cricket Board’s All Stars Cricket programme.

The resources are completely free to use and access, infinitely adaptable, both to the space and environment you have available and to the learning needs of the children you will be supporting. We have given you some guidance, but feel free to use your initiative to adapt as needed.

Meet Charlie, The Confident Cricketer!


Meet Cool catcher

Cool catcher is a laid back character and is creative in how they do things. They love everything to do with catching, whether it’s a cricket ball or anything else, there show their creativity in the imaginative ways they can catch any object.  Cool Catcher is one of a gang of six characters  who through a series of lessons teaches children all the fundamental skills needed to become a confident cricketers.

Get the play resources

We have created a powerful bank of free resources for you and your school. These include lesson plans for cricket coaching sessions, instructional videos for all the skills and drills and top tips from the professionals. Much as we’d like to, we can’t deliver the programme directly in every school. We know that many teachers are keen and able to offer cricket themselves. These resources will help you do that, and you don’t need to have any prior knowledge or be a cricket expert to share the fun!

The Play session plans contain all the information you need to deliver cricket sessions practically, including explainer videos and detailed lesson plans – all completely FREE. They are a core coaching plan for cricket in KS1 and KS2, mapped to national curriculum outcomes and linked to England & Wales Cricket Board’s All Stars Cricket programme.

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Any questions?

If you would like support in delivering the Chance to Shine programme in your school, click here for more information. If you have any questions or comments about these resources, please get in contact.


Physical Wellbeing

Through cricket, children develop a positive relationship with sport. They have fun, develop their skills, and become confident in their abilities. They continue playing in school, at a club or in their community.

Personal Development

Children develop life skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication, and problem solving. They are engaged to learn, gain experience in leading and are empowered to make positive decisions for themselves.

Mental Wellbeing

Children feel happy, confident, and included when taking part. They develop self-esteem and resilience.

Social Wellbeing

Children develop friendships, gain role models and feel connected to their community.

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