Chance to Shine

In the academic year of 2015/16 well over 2,000 hours of cricket coaching were delivered across Somerset - through sixteen club projects and a number of Cricket Board led programs - as a result of Chance to Shine funding.

What is Chance to Shine?

Chance to Shine was launched in 2005 by the Cricket Foundation to regenerate competitive cricket and bring its educational benefits to primary and secondary schools across the country. The scheme is delivered through individual projects across England and Wales. The group of schools are supported by professional qualified coaches who are engaged by the local cricket club or the Cricket Board. Each project, up to now, has been funded for a minimum period of two years and once it has ended, the Somerset Cricket Board work closely with the schools and clubs to help them sustain cricketing activities.

How can Chance to Shine benefit your school?

Chance to Shine helps to fund cricket coaching sessions and cricket competition in all state schools and whilst doing so they have four main objectives. To increase Participation by engaging a greater number of children and young adults in the game, through playing, coaching and administrating. To promote Competition with both inter-school and intra-school matches; with the view that cricket has some of its greatest benefits when played as a team game. Increase Migration from the school playground to local cricket clubs and give every child the opportunity to progress as far as possible by entering them onto the player pathway. Finally, Chance to Shine aim to make cricket in schools Sustainable by engaging staff in delivery and providing Continuing Professional Development opportunities.

By becoming part of the Chance to Shine programme schools are provided with all the tools to encourage every pupil to achieve their own 'Personal Best', whilst also enabling schools to provide quality cricket delivery in future years through development of staff and pupils at their school.

How to become engaged in the Somerset Cricket Board Chance to Shine programme

Should you want more details about the Chance to Shine programme run here in Somerset then please see the Schools Offer, or contact our Youth Development Manager Scott Chappell ( - 01823 425329).