Every year, pupils all over the country, from Newquay to Newcastle, enjoy a week of cricket-themed activity in both the classroom and playground on Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week. It's an opportunity to celebrate the sport, to inspire children to take part in cricketing activities and to showcase the work that Chance to Shine does in bringing the game to hundreds of thousands of children every year.
Last year, we were joined by a host of current and former stars at our flagship events held around the country. We showcased the range of activity delivered by Chance to Shine, taking Kumar Sangakkara to a Chance to Shine Street project in Camden. Visiting Shoreham Academy Secondary School in Sussex with England legends Lydia Greenway and Matt Prior. On Wednesday, we celebrated girls' cricket with three World Cup winners - Charlotte Edwards, Isa Guha and Lydia Greenway - attending a girls' festival of cricket in Southampton.
On Thursday, we held a proper Yorkshire festival of cricket at Spofforth Primary School near Harrogate with James Taylor and Charlotte Edwards joining the celebrations. On the final day, we visited Millwood Special Educational Needs School near Manchester with Chris Edwards, England's Learning Disability Team captain.
Over 1,500 schools take part in the event every year and turn their timetable over to cricket. We provide schools with cross-curricular cricket lesson plans, from teaching coordinates of a cricket field in Maths to pinpointing cricket playing countries in Geography.
Clubs hold Kwik cricket competitions for their local schools, while schoolchildren in Brighton and Cornwall compete in inter-school beach cricket tournaments.
A host of England and county players, past and present, have supported over the past five years, thanks to ECB and Professional Cricketers’ Association. These include: James Taylor, Jos Buttler, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Kate Cross, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Jonathan Trott and Michael Vaughan to name but a few.