Great time yesterday working with sports charity Chance to Shine at Doncaster Cricket Club.
Chance to Shine is a national charity that aims to give all children the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket. They believe that cricket can help to develop the personal, social and physical skills of the 500,000 children that we work with every year.
Chance to Shine works in schools to provide children with a brilliant first experience of cricket. They work with the 39 County Cricket Boards across England and Wales to send specialist coaches into schools, once a week for six weeks, to support cricket coaching.
As well as the physical benefits of regular activity, they use cricket to teach children important key life skills that will help them beyond the playground. Through the values of cricket, they teach children about respect and fair play.
Cricket is also an effective way to develop skills like communication, leadership and perseverance that will benefit them throughout their life.
They believe that cricket is an inclusive sport, where girls and boys can play and learn together. They think that normalising female participation in cricket is a hugely important and valuable part of the work that we do. Of the four million children that Chance to Shine has reached since its foundation in 2005, 46% are girls and this figure is rising. They think it is important for girls and boys to learn to work and play together from an early age.
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. In 1996, ECB took on the responsibility of managing all cricket in England & Wales and the Cricket Foundation became an independent charity.