Over 6000 children and young adults in areas not traditionally predisposed to cricket are to be given the chance to learn and play the game from April 2018, thanks to a £3m grant awarded to Chance to Shine.
The Sport England award, funded through the National Lottery, will allow the Chance to Shine Street programme to grow by a further 60 projects to a total of over 200 in just three years.
EXPANDING CRICKET’S ALREADY DIVERSE APPEAL
80% of Chance to Shine Street participants are not members of a cricket club, while over three quarters (79%) of Street participants are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. The expansion of the project will make cricket even more accessible to South Asian communities and other areas low on opportunities to play cricket, broadening cricket’s already diverse appeal.
Further to expanding the number of existing 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
- running a series of educational workshops at community street cricket sessions, covering areas such as resilience, gun and knife crime and internet safety
Sport 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. Jennie Price, Sport England CEO
IT’S FREE TO GET INVOLVED
Chance to Shine Street projects are running somewhere in the country on 353 days of the year and, on average, each participant receives around 32 hours of contact time. The sessions are free of charge and take place in accessible locations within communities, such as school halls, leisure centres, multi-use games areas in public parks and housing estates.
To find out more or to get involved in a Street cricket session near you email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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