Chance to Shine: Giving all children the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket
Chance to Shine is a national charity on a mission to spread the power of cricket throughout schools and communities
Since 2005, Chance to Shine has given over 5 million boys and girls in more than 16,000 state schools and community projects, the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket. The Chance to Shine Street programme is engaging thousands of young people in inner city areas affected by youth crime with a lack of access to traditional cricket clubs.
Since the start of the COVID-19 national lockdown, the charity has focussed its efforts on supporting teachers and parents to keep children active through digital cricket sessions, made available every week, that link to the National PE Curriculum. The sessions are adapted so they can be run in the home, with limited space and equipment.
Chance to Shine in Gloucestershire
The main stand out points from the last academic year would be:
- 184 of the 402 Primary Schools in Gloucestershire received coaching
- This consisted of 117 receiving a Schools Programme and 67 receiving a Roadshow
- This reached 21,298 unique children across the whole county
- This was delivered by 29 different unique Level 2 & 3 Coaches
- We delivered 292 hours of competitions which were both indoor and outdoor
- 5,000 children were involved across 42 unique events. The competitions were split across 4 different formats which were
- Key Stage 1 Multi Skills Festivals (Indoor)
- Kwik Cricket Open Year 3 & 4 (Outdoor)
- Kwik Cricket Girls Year 5 & 6 (Outdoor)
- Kwik Cricket Open Year 5 & 6 (Outdoor)
The thing we are most proud of in Gloucestershire is the impact the programme has on our cricket clubs. Over the years there have been a number of fantastic good news stories that have only happened due to Chance to Shine projects, for example:
- Cam CC – Set up a girls section
- Frenchay CC – Set up a girls section
- Winterbourne CC – Set up a girls section
- Chipping Campden CC – Set up a junior section
- Fairford CC – Recruited 100s of new junior members across a 5 year window. The club also won ‘National Club of the Year’ on two occasions
- Old Down CC – Rejuvenated their youth section
- Cinderford St John CC – Rejuvenated their youth section
We have always put clubs at the heart of Chance to Shine as we believe if children are inspired in schools and can access a local cricket club there is a good chance they will be hooked for life. We align schools delivery in a way that enables local promotion and introduction. This strategy has been hugely successful in getting more school children to join their local cricket club. Two accolades that we in Gloucestershire have received in the last 3 years:
- 2017 – Gloucestershire were awarded ‘Chance to Shine National Board of the Year’
- 2018 – Gloucestershire were the only county in England and Wales to reach its stretched national target for All Stars Cricket signups
- 2021- Included as pilot county to deliver the ‘Wider Engagement’ programme that aims to engage young people from Afro-Caribbean community
What does the programme offer schools?
The Chance to Shine Schools’ Teachers Portal is a free platform which provides teachers with all the resources you need to teach cricket in your school. This includes, session plans and videos to support teachers to deliver cricket activities in the playground and lesson plans, which fall in line with the National Curriculum to bring a cricket theme into the classroom.
For more information or to get your school involved in the programme, please contact Chris Munden Cricket Operations Manager.
Chris Munden / Cricket Operations Manager
His role covers a wide range of areas including overseeing all schools cricket, the incredible National Programmes of All Stars and Dynamos, Chance To Shine Schools and Street programmes along with being the key lead for Adult league Cricket. Chris also manages the Workforce Development Officer, as a highly competent coaching workforce is so integral to the work areas that he leads on. In his time the GCB have won awards that he had led on, including Chance to Shine County of the Year and Street Chance Project of the Year.
As a local Bristolian, Chris is a Bristol City fan, who enjoys all sports. Chris is married, has two beautiful daughters, plays local cricket and enjoys a good hack at golf.