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Tuesday, 13th October 2015

Chance to Shine

Chance to Shine

Chance to Shine is a national charity, which aims to inspire individuals within schools and communities through the power of cricket.

Since 2005 our Chance to Shine programme has worked in close partnership with district group, local clubs and community coaches to deliver both curriculum and ex-curriculum sessions to thousands of Nottinghamshire children.

Nationally, we would like to ignite new passions, teach vital skills and educate a further 1 million children over the next 5 years.

As apart of the programme our coaches aim to develop the knowledge and skill base of teachers through regular contact during sessions all year round.

In addition to the above, Chance to Shine have established satellite clubs and embed competition within the school calendar providing young people the opportunity to take part within competitive and non-competitive cricket.†

Primary School Offer

Currently, within Nottinghamshire we provide the delivery of both curriculum and extra-curriculum session based on the school site. Ensuring a positive first cricket experience for the majority of young people across the county.

Furthermore in partnership with local cricket clubs we provide a range of Kwik Cricket Competitions (Year 4, 5, 6 and Girls Only) throughout the summer months each year to challenge state school children in competitive cricket.†

Secondary School Offer

School Sports Clubs

The Nottinghamshire cricket board aims to work with secondary schools to create school sports clubs with a focus on providing opportunities for cricket activities of both male and female students; with additional training for young leaders to help support the delivery of sessions. The clubs focus to allow the students to be at the heart of the decision making, with ownership given to the students to allow them to run the sessions how they wish.

Overview of School sports clubs:

  • Based on School sites
  • Sports Club Flexible Times: Morning/ Lunchtime/ Afterschool
  • County Cricket Board/Cricket clubs support: flexible according to studentís availability.

The NCB aim to support schools sports club with delivery of curriculum time taster sessions/ coaching visits to develop, promote school sports clubs, by providing the volunteers/participant with opportunities to be integrated into local cricket clubs, with a view to continuing their roles further. Opportunities may include, umpire/ scorer training, assist coaching.

Cricket Activators (Young Leaders)

The†Cricket Activator†course looks to identify and understand the various roles that make cricket happen, understand the expectations of people in these roles, and understand how to promote cricket to get more people playing more often. It will also signpost attendees to further opportunities to progress as part of the voluntary cricket workforce.


  • Raise cricket profile within a Young Leadership role
  • Inspire Young Leaders to get actively involved with cricket
  • Help provide additional support for† Cricket Comps ( KS3/4 -Inter/Intra)
  • To help develop generic leaderships skills in a cricket context
  • Identify potential pathways for Young Leaders in cricket

Target audience

  • Age 14 Ė 18 years
  • People wishing to volunteer in any way at all in getting cricket played and played more often.
  • Students at specialist sports colleges and secondary schools to enable them to work with younger age group students
  • Young people assisting with local cricket activities as a volunteer

Course structure

  • 4 hours tutor delivery Ė this may be delivered as 1 x4, 2x2,hours sessions
  • The course is based around the Sports Leader methodology and competencies and candidates will be required to complete 10 hours of volunteering hours prior to being certificated.

Secondary Competitions

Our secondary school competitions are based around Chance to Compete; competitions that run both in the winter and in the summer, during the winter, schools are hold indoor soft-ball competitions in school sports halls, with the hardball equivalent played outside during the Summer terms.

Teacher Training

The NCB can provide a range of CPD, through formal ECB Cricket for teacherís courses for both Primary and Secondary; and informal teacher training/support within your school.†

Cricket for Teachers courses were designed in partnership with Chance to Shine, teachers will develop their knowledge, understanding and application of appropriate games and practices within the national curriculum. The workshop will also explore opportunities to promote intra-school competition within physical education and school sport.

See link below for further information:


Community coaches and tutors can provide informal support/guidance within the programmes to develop teacherís knowledge and confidence by assisting with planning and delivering cricket activities.

For further information regarding Chance to Shine or Primary and Secondary Schools offers within Nottinghamshire please contact us using the details below:

Primary Schools: †††† Andrew Marchant 0115 982 3000 or andrew.marchant@nottsccc.co.uk

Secondary Schools: † Stephen Campbell 0115 982 3000 or stephen.campbell@nottsccc.co.uk

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