The Chance to Shine charity

Logo Strap1 Rgb

The Chance to Shine charity runs and raises funds for its Schools and Street programmes. It is wholly independent and is governed by a Board of Trustees.

The charity was established as the Cricket Foundation in 1981 and was originally the charitable arm of the England & Wales Cricket Board. It was responsible for allocating payments to the County Boards for grassroots and youth cricket.

The Cricket Foundation invested £30 million to create more opportunities for young people to play cricket.


In 1996, it became independent when the ECB assumed responsibility for managing all cricket in England and Wales and in 2005 the Trustees agreed to concentrate the majority of its efforts on Chance to Shine.

In 2005, it started focusing its attention and efforts on reviving cricket in schools through the Chance to Shine (schools programme). 

The Cricket Foundation was renamed as Chance to Shine in 2015 at the launch of its new five year strategy. Today, the charity raises funds to deliver two key programmes: the schools' cricket programme and inner-city street cricket programme.

Chance to Shine is a registered charity (No.1123385) and is accountable to the Charity Commission.

Meet the Chance to Shine team 

Meet Chance to Shine Trustees 

Read Our Mission