England World Cup winner welcomes revolution in girls cricket and calls on all schools to inspire the next generation of female cricketers New research from Chance to Shine and a points to a revolution in girls attitudes and access to cricket and highlights the vital role of schools in inspiring the next generation of girls to play and learn through the game. On the eve of ICC Women's World Cup 2017, a nationally-representative Kantar TNS survey of children aged 8-16 found that 44% of girls played cricket to some extent in the past year, the vast majority of whom played at school (36% of all girls). At the same time, almost one-third of girls say they have no opportunity to play in school, and many say that they want more opportunity and encouragement to play the game. The nationally-representative Kantar TNS survey of 1,002 state-educated children aged 8-16 examined the proportion of students who played cricket in the last year, their attitudes to cricket as well as the ways to get them to playing the game. Chance to Shine has given over 3 million children in 13,000 state schools the opportunity to play and learn through cricket nearly half (46%) are girls and many have taken part in this week's Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week.