Teachers are key to the success of Chance to Shine. The more engaged they are, the more likely that cricket will continue in schools. That’s why we place great importance on teacher training, both formal and informal.
Our professional cricket coaches work closely with teachers to pass on their knowledge and give them the confidence to run their own sessions at school. This is particularly important in primary schools where there are fewer specialist sports teachers.
We ask schools to commit to a minimum of one formally qualified teacher and three teachers trained to deliver basic cricket.
Over 1,000 teachers took advantage of our formal training last year and attended an ECB Cricket for Teachers course delivered through county cricket boards.
We know it can be a challenge for schools to release teachers, so we offer informal training on-site where coaches can teach a number of staff basic skills over a two hour period.
This can be done after school or during an inset day – as shown in the video – and is an easy way to improve teachers’ knowledge and enthusiasm for the game. We gave 10,000 teachers informal training last year and are committed to training more this year.
We want to inspire the teachers to inspire the children and leave a lasting legacy of cricket in schools.