National Cricket Week 2018 Day 3: Coventry Street

England Cricket legend Graeme Swann visited a Chance to Shine Street cricket tournament in Coventry on Wednesday 20 June to celebrate Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week. Swann spoke to the cricketers aged 16-24, giving them top tips on improving their skills as well as talking to them about his cricketing experiences.

The competition, organised by the Warwickshire Cricket Board, saw three teams from Coventry and a side from Birmingham-based projects go head to head to be crowned the best of the West Midlands. The winners on the day were the Coventry Afghans team who received their medals from Swann.

The teams play the Chance to Shine Street format of the cricket is a fun, free, fast-paced version of the sport that uses a tapeball, innings last just 20 balls and the teams are eight-a-side.

The Street cricketers had a chance to learn the tricks of the trade from the spin-bowling legend before queueing up to try and bowl him out. They also showed Swann how to wrap a tapeball – a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape, that means the ball travels quicker through the area and bounces lower.

 

Zain, one the Street cricketers, said ”Chance to Shine have come down to Coventry for some young lads to play cricket and enjoy what they love. It’s been a great chance for us youngsters to show what we got. We’re having a lot of fun – especially playing against a great of the game. It doesn’t matter where you play, if you’re playing with people that love cricket, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Speaking at the event, Swann said “I’m down here for Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week with Chance to Shine. It’s about getting as many people playing as we can. It’s been awesome down here in Coventry. There’s some really talented lads and they’re bowling really quickly!”

Chance to Shine is a national cricket charity that aims to give all children the opportunity to play and learn through cricket. They deliver coaching sessions in 1 in 5 primary schools across the country, teaching children life skills like communication, teamwork and respect through the sport.

Into its fifth year, Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week is a celebration of cricket that sees around 1,500 schools take part and this year runs from 18 – 22 June. Chance to Shine and Yorkshire Tea work together to inspire thousands of children across the country to take part in cricketing activity in the classroom and on the playground.

This summer, donations to Chance to Shine are being matched £ for £ by charity Patron Adrian Beecroft. There’s never been a better time to support the charity, click here to donate now!

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