The Cricket Foundation launched Chance to Shine in May 2005 and set out to bring competitive cricket - and its associated benefits - back to at least a third of the country's state schools, initially over a 10 year period.
Chance 2 Shine is a £50M national campaign that relies on corporate and individual charitable donations. To sustain the program and achieve its target of reaching at least 2 million state school children by 2015. It needs to raise £25M privately which the government has pledged to match pound for pound.
The campaign doesn't just aim to develop the cricketing stars of the future, it also aims to develop young peoples' personal skills through cricket. Now in its eighth year the power of cricket to help young people acquire important skills, values and attitudes that are essential for their future lives has been firmly recognised at government level.
Chance 2 Shine is delivered through individual projects working with County Cricket Boards across England & Wales. Each project provides a structured coaching and competition program for a group of up to eight primary and secondary state schools. The group of schools is supported by professional qualified coaches engaged by one local cricket club.
Chance 2 Shine also provides equipment, facility development (including playground markings) and non-turf pitches, as well as training for state school teachers and coaches. Each project is funded for a minimum period of three years and once it's ended Bridgnorth Cricket Club will work closely with its local schools to help sustain cricketing activities.
All competitive team sports can play a vital role in the education and personal development of young people, offering opportunities to lead healthy and purposeful lives but we strongly believe that cricket has special attributes because it:
- promotes leadership, teamwork & strategic awareness
- teaches respect, how to win, to lose, and cope with setback is the ultimate team game, demanding both individual and collective responsibility
- insists on high standards of conduct and provides good role models is wholly inclusive, drawing together people from all cultures and backgrounds
- it gives new opportunities to boys and girls as well as to those with special needs, and is able to reach all of our major ethnic communities in a way no other sport can
Bridgnorth Cricket Club is now in the fourth of its five year program. We use our own Club coaches who work alongside teachers and teaching assistants to present to children in the following Bridgnorth district schools, who we are in partnership with:
- Secondary Schools: Bridgnorth Endowed
- Primary Schools: Bridgnorth St Johns, Bridgnorth St Leonards, Brown Clee County Primary, Broseley C of E, Broseley John Wilkinson