The biggest single sports initiative ever undertaken in Britain – Chance to Shine – will this week give over 2000 children across Warwickshire the opportunity to make their mark in festivals across the County.
Chance to Shine, which aims to bring competitive cricket – and the surrounding benefits cricket brings – back to schools across the country. Prior to the festivals this week, children have received curricular cricket coaching from Warwickshire Cricket Board coaches; and will have the opportunity to take up further coaching and match playing after the festivals.
Following 5 weeks of batting, bowling and fielding training, the children will be competing at their nearest Focus Club, at venues including:
Aston Manor Cricket Club
Solihull Blossomfield C.C
Olton & WW Cricket Club
Highway Cricket Club
Bablake OB Cricket Club
Coventry & NW Cricket Club
Griff & Coton Cricket Club
Kenilworth Cricket Club
Moseley Ashfield Cricket Club
Coleshill Cricket Club
Kelly Evenson, Cricket Development Manager, Warwickshire Cricket Board, said: ‘The sheer amount of children signed up this year is amazing! Alongside, the Chance to Shine, there will also be festivals for Year 4 children, bringing the total of children playing cricket in the county to 3,500!’
"When you see players such as Chris Woakes who got into competitive cricket from an early age and is now playing for England, you can see how good an opportunity these sorts of festivals can be for personal and cricket development."
"We’re genuinely thrilled, and, with a fantastic trophy being presented to the winning school at each festival, and with so many taking part, at Warwickshire Cricket Board we’re hoping Chance to Shine will translate into a much needed cricket tradition in each district!"