Chance to Shine receives £3m funding boost from Sport England

Thousands of children and young adults in some of the most disadvantaged areas in England will get the opportunity to play and learn through cricket, thanks to a £3 million National Lottery funding grant to Chance to Shine from Sport England.

From April 2018, the charity’s Chance to Shine Street programme will expand by approximately 60 projects to nearly 200 projects and leagues, reaching at least 6,000 children and young adults each year over a three-year period.

Chance to Shine Street uses the highly accessible, fast-paced and inclusive tape-ball cricket format to engage young people who are hard to reach through the traditional format of the game. Eight out of 10 Street participants who join the Street programme are not members of cricket clubs. Nearly a third of participants (29%) live in the 10% most deprived areas of England (by IMD ranking) and more than half in the 20% most deprived areas.

Approximately two-thirds of participants are from South Asian backgrounds and Chance to Shine Street will be closely connected to England & Wales Cricket Board’s work to continue to make cricket more accessible to South Asian communities.

Chance to Shine will need to raise a further £500k each year privately to deliver the new programme. In addition to expanding the number of existing Street projects through ECB’s network of county cricket boards and new partners, the funds will allow Chance to Shine to focus on:

• providing specialist training for Street coaches to help them develop knowledge and skills such as dealing with difficult behaviour, inclusion and community cohesion

• running regional and national competitions for youth and young adult age groups

• setting up 60 Street ‘satellite clubs’ to deliver taster tape-ball sessions in partnership with local community organisations, clustered around current Street projects

• developing participants into young leaders and coaches – 48% of Street coaches have been either past participants or volunteers at a project; and

• running a series of educational workshops at community Street cricket sessions, covering areas such as resilience, gun and knife crime and internet safety.

Chance to Shine will also use Street cricket to support young offenders and children at risk of exclusion from school. It follows a crime awareness pilot programme in West Midlands, led by former offender and founder of TSA Projects, Tanayah Sam, which successfully helped to change attitudes of young people towards gangs, guns and knife crime. The new programme will build on this successful pilot activity in the West Midlands and expand to a new city.

21129145462 9a371bb669 KSport England Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said, “We’re delighted to be able to invest £3million National Lottery funding into building on the excellent work that Chance to Shine does in introducing young people to this fast-paced sport, getting them active and developing their love of the game. We want everyone, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity, and tape-ball cricket is great for breaking down the barriers than can exist in the most disadvantaged areas.”

Chance to Shine Chief Executive, Luke Swanson added, ““This new funding recognises and supports the remarkable work of community coaches who engage and inspire young people in some of the most deprived areas of the country.
“Government strategy seeks to harness the power of sport to achieve positive social outcomes, particularly for communities who are under-represented in traditional forms of sport and physical activity. Chance to Shine Street delivers on those goals, using cricket as a vehicle to help raise aspiration, develop key life skills and promote social cohesion. We are grateful for Sport England’s ongoing support, and excited to expand the programme with existing and new partners over the next three years.”

Lord Kamlesh Patel, Independent Director at the England and Wales Cricket Board added, “We’re keen to broaden cricket’s diverse appeal and give everyone an opportunity to play the game. This generous funding will help Chance to Shine to do just that and spread the power of cricket further into urban areas. ECB will continue to work closely with Chance to Shine and Sport England to get a bat and ball into the hands of more young people – and place a special emphasis on tapping into the extraordinary passion for cricket amongst South Asian audiences.”

There are Street projects running somewhere in the country on 353 days of the year and, on average, each participant receives 32 hours of contact time. The sessions are free and take place in accessible locations within communities, such as school halls, leisure centres, multi-use games areas in public parks and housing estates.

Chance to Shine Street uses a tapeball – a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape – and there is no need for expensive kit and equipment. Games are loud and fast-paced with each innings lasting just 20 balls. Three quarters (79%) of Street participants are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

In September, the Prime Minister hosted a Street cricket match outside 10 Downing Street; the first cricket match to be played on the famous street. Speaking at the event, Theresa May said, “The work Chance to Shine does, introducing young people from disadvantaged communities to this great, fast-paced version of cricket, is invaluable.”

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