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Chance To Shine - Evening Standard

We have been lucky enough to work with Chance To Shine to develop our cricketing talent.  We recently featured in an article in the Evening Standard.

Four million not out for charity that introduces cricket to schools

A CRICKET charity that launched in London to unite communities and stir passion in school children has reached its four millionth pupil.

Chance to Shine introduces children to cricket and uses the sport to teach teamwork, resilience and communication. The charity, which has been supported by England players Moeen Ali, Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook, was launched in 2005 at Bethnal Green Academy.

Since then 845,000 pupils in hundreds of London schools have benefited from cricket lessons and the programme has been roll ed out nationally. Chance to Shine chief executive Laura Cordingley said: “It’s an incredible milestone to have reached our four millionth child and we’re looking forward to introducing many more over the coming years.”

One of the latest schools to join the programme is Fairholme primary in Feltham. James Watson, its PE coordinator, said: “Before Chance to Shine the children had never experienced cricket. We’re in a very deprived area and it’s mainly football on offer. It’s helped with behaviour, respect and discipline. There’s some serious untapped talent here too.”

Forty-two per cent of pupils reached by the charity are girls. The four millionth child to get coaching was Millie-May Howells, seven, of Port Talbot in Wales. Chance to Shine is marking Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week, which starts today, by providing free, cricket-themed resources for maths, English and geography lessons.

Find out more about Chance To Shine here - www.chancetoshine.org