Chance to Shine - Educating through cricket

Chance To Shine Concerned that less than 10 per cent of state schools provided regular organised cricket coaching or competition, the Cricket Foundation charity launched its £50million campaign in 2005 set out to bring competitive cricket - and its educational benefits - back to at least a third of the country’s state schools initially over a ten year period.

Six years on, Chance to Shine supported by Brit Insurance is one of the biggest grassroots sports development programme in the UK. The campaign recognises the power of cricket to help young people acquire important skills, values and attitudes for their future lives.

The campaign does not aim to develop the cricketing stars of the future and although it’s possible they might find the next Alastair Cook or Charlotte Edwards, their main aim is development through cricket. Chance to Shine is a national campaign that relies on corporate and individual charitable donations. Chance to Shine has already reached 1.5 million children since 2005 and is expected to have a direct impact on the lives of two million boys and girls in a third of state schools by 2015.

The programme currently runs in over 3,000 state schools nationwide and in 2011 alone nearly 350,000 boys and girls have enjoyed the benefits of competitive cricket so far. These benefits include learning to lead, to work in a team and to cope with setbacks.

To sustain the programme and achieve its target of reaching at least two million state school children by 2015, they need to raise £5million annually. To date, the Cricket Foundation has raised £21 million in funds privately through individual donors, corporate partnerships, Trusts and Foundations. The Government, through Sport England, has provided an additional £12.5million funding to support the Chance to Shine campaign.


How it works

Chance to Shine is delivered through individual projects working with County Cricket Boards across England and Wales. Each project provides a structured coaching and competition programme 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 to Shine also provides equipment, facility development (including playground markings and non-turf pitches) as well as training for state school teachers and coaches.

In 2019, Caterham CC will be delivering nearly 80 hours of coaching to children at St. John’s C of E Primary School, Whyteleafe Primary School, and De Stafford School. We are looking to bring more children into our junior section as a result of the programme and have a “girls only” programme with De Stafford to boost the numbers of girls and women playing cricket at Caterham CC.


ECB Clubmark

Clubmark logo There are four themes running through ECB Clubmark:


1).        Duty of Care and Safeguarding Children

The ECB is committed to ensuring that all children who play cricket have a safe, positive and fun experience, whatever their level of involvement. The ECB recognises the importance of safeguarding children within the game and is committed to developing and implementing policies and procedures which ensure that everyone knows and accepts their responsibility in relation to a duty of care for children.

It is important for every club to understand that safeguarding should not be viewed as a stand alone process which sits in isolation from all other activities within cricket. Instead, safeguarding is about creating a culture which helps direct the game and the provision of services that are offered to participants. Safeguarding in cricket is based upon the concept of providing an enjoyable cricket environment that is tailored to the needs and requirements of children.

A Club has a duty of care to ensure the safety and welfare of any child involved in related activities, to safeguard them and protect them from reasonably foreseeable forms of harm. Safeguarding is about all of us acknowledging that this duty of care exists, and it is about us putting practical measures in place, in our own locations, to minimise the likelihood of foreseeable harm arising.

This section of ECB Clubmark assists clubs in discharging that duty. Some of the Child Safeguarding requirements are driven by national legislation. The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) is a new organisation which will work with the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) in relation to vetting every person who works with, or wants to work with children or vulnerable adults.


2).        The Cricket Programme

The Cricket Programme (the combination of coaching, training and competition) should assist young players to realise their potential. It takes account of the Long-term Athlete Development model (LTAD), as the development of talented young players is a complicated process that is influenced by many factors. Developing a competition programme is vital for young people as it is one significant reason why many join a club in the first place. Clubs are required to provide suitable intra and/or inter club competition.

Guidance is provided on supervising young players and minimum player: / coach ratios. Coaching staff have a key role in establishing an appropriate coaching environment and creating a successful playing programme.

Clubs have to demonstrate that coaches are trained to appropriate levels and that the activity undertaken in the club reflects best practice in the development of young people, e.g. coaches are required to ensure that young people do not train excessively or in conditions that may cause injury or discomfort.


3).        Knowing Your Club and its Community - One Game

One Game is the project aimed at widening the appeal of cricket to ensure as many people as possible are welcomed into the game at all levels regardless of age, race, ability, gender, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief. As the guardians of cricket, it is up to each and every one of us to hand our game on in better shape than when we found it. The One Game philosophy applies to everyone, at every level from the playground through to our international teams, from players to volunteers and fans.

The basic premise for this section of ECB Clubmark is to ensure that all clubs are aware of their immediate community. That way, a club can ensure it is meeting the needs of its local community when planning opportunities for people to participate in cricket.

There are many ways in which clubs can fulfil their part of the One Game Pledge requirement, regardless of whether they are a smaller club based in a rural area, or a larger club in an inner city. It is about selecting the methods that best suit each club situation. This section is aimed at increasing involvement in cricket amongst all sectors of society, including, but not limited to, ethnic minority groups.


4).        Club Management

Clubs that are well managed tend to be successful. They have well ordered finances, and keep volunteers and members well-informed with good communication. If the day to day running of the club is dealt with efficiently, strong links can be formed with external partners, such as sports development agencies and local schools, and relationships developed with the ECB to ensure that good practice is maintained. A well managed club plans for the future as well as being prepared in the event of an emergency