We’ve received tremendous support from England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the sport’s national governing body, right from the launch of Chance to Shine. They recently committed to double their funding in Chance to Shine in a game-changing agreement that will help us to reach hundreds of thousands more children every year.
Not only do they provide the charity with financial support every year, ECB also provides logistical support including office space, IT and payroll assistance.
It would be impossible for us to deliver Chance to Shine to such an extent without ECB’s network of County Cricket Boards – the only nation to have such a cricketing structure.
ECB provide Team England player appearances to help raise awareness of Chance to Shine. We’re also fortunate to have members of the England Women’s cricket team working as coaches in our schools and clubs, through our partnership with ECB.
It’s inspiring to see the power of cricket being harnessed to develop skills both in and out of the classroom. Instilling a passion for the game from a young age helps children to hone their physical literacy and academic skills as well as become life-long fans of the game so the ECB is proud to support Chance to Shine's work in schools across the country.
Tom Harrison, Chief Executive England & Wales Cricket Board
Sport England – the government agency responsible for creating a world class community sport environment - has been a key strategic and funding partner for Chance to Shine since 2005.
In December 2012, Sport England confirmed that it would continue its investment in Chance to Shine and in the young people we reach for the next three years at least.
Their £7.5million funding of our new secondary schools programme will inspire children early on in their journey through cricket and move them through to an established sporting environment in the community.
Thanks to the continued partnership, thousands of young cricketers will now no longer be lost to the game at an early age and will instead continue to play sport well beyond their teens.
Chance to Shine is a fantastic initiative that is helping introduce and keep young people involved in sport. Our continued investment will help them expand the programme while also helping to address the drop off in participation that sees many young people stop playing sport in their teenage years. By adapting the game and making it easier for them to play, Chance to Shine is helping us inspire a generation to create a sporting habit for life.
Phil Smith, Sport England Director
We have worked closely with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) since 2009 to deliver the key ‘MCC Spirit of Cricket’ messages to hundreds of thousands of children. Together, we are teaching young people to ‘play hard, play fair’.
Thanks to the continued investment by MCC, owner of Lord’s and Guardian of the Laws and Spirit of Cricket, our coaches have delivered hundreds of special cricket assemblies, school matches and summer cricket camps.
Every year we produce a special DVD resource with MCC for school assemblies that cover key aspects of the MCC Spirit of Cricket. The short films are very popular with children and encourage them to discuss the importance of playing sport competitively, but in the right spirit.
Each Chance to Shine school is also be provided with an MCC Spirit of Cricket trophy – this year a replica Ashes urn - and stickers to support intra school competition. This allows children to put into practice what they have learnt in the classroom. Pupils’ fair play is recognised and rewarded at the school sessions.
MCC’s ongoing partnership with Chance to Shine is a perfect vehicle for children to learn about the MCC Spirit of Cricket principles of playing hard, but fair. During the partnership we have seen first-hand how these values improve behaviour in the playground and the classroom.
Derek Brewer, Chief Executive of MCC