In the academic year of 2016/17 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 three main objectives:
1) To give young people (aged 5-11) a great first experience of cricket
2) To support teachers to build a sustainable culture of cricket in state schools and
3) To help young people to play regularly (in school, club, community and informal settings) and to learn key life skills
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 contact our Youth Development Manager Scott Chappell ( - ).