Chance to Shine is nearly 10 years old and a lot has happened since the idea of a campaign to regenerate cricket in schools was first conceived back in 2003. 

Here are some of our key milestones over the past decade:   


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• Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, broadcaster Mark Nicholas and bat manufacturer Duncan Fearnley, conceive the idea of a campaign to reverse the decline in cricket in state schools

• Cricket Foundation charity agrees to run and raise funds for the campaign


Strauss And Hoggy

• England cricketers Andrew Strauss and Matthew Hoggard help launch Chance to Shine on 23 May in Bethnal Green, East London

• England & Wales Cricket Board, The Lord’s Taverners, Allianz and Slazenger pledge their financial support

• 12 pilot projects are delivered in the first year


Newcastle Kids Celebrate

• First full year of programme starts, involving 600 schools and 100 clubs



• Launch of ‘Six in the City’ corporate competition at Honourable Artillery Company (September)

• First Chance to Shine Achievement Awards held at Lord’s (October)

• Start of Chance to Shine cricket sessions to sick children at Great Ormond Street Hospital (December)


Rosalie And Lydia

• Members of England Women’s team receive Chance to Shine coaching contracts and to help inspire young people in schools (April)

• Chance to Shine National Cricket Day launched. Over 500 schools turn over the Curriculum to cricket for a day of cricket across the country (May)

• Cricket Foundation launches inner-city extension of Chance to Shine, ‘StreetChance’ to bring cricket to areas lacking in green spaces and traditional clubs (July)


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• Launch of MCC Spirit of Cricket initiative to embed good sportsmanship in Chance to Shine schools (April)

• Fresh from leading her team to victory in ICC World Twenty20, Charlotte Edwards supports National Cricket Day with Alastair Cook in one of over 1000 schools to take part (June)

• Chance to Shine confirmed as beneficiary of Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2010 (November)


Chance To Shine Celebrates Five Years

• Chance to Shine celebrates 5th anniversary and delivers cricket to its 1millionth child (May)

• Team England shirt sponsor Brit Insurance sign a four-year deal to become Chance to Shine’s principal partner (May)

• Matt Prior and Alastair Cook support Brit Insurance National Cricket Day (June)

• Brit give Chance to Shine pupils opportunity to be official Team England mascots at every home international (July)


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• Launch of ‘Chance to Compete’, hard ball competition for secondary schools. Final takes place at Northants Cricket Ground under lights (May)

• First Chance to Shine Awareness Day at Lord’s (July)

• David Cameron praises Chance to Shine (August)


Kp And Sir Viv

• 1000th Chance to Shine club linked to local school (February)

• Launch of ‘Girls on the Front Foot’, Chance to Shine’s initiative to give more girls the opportunity to play cricket (April)

• Sir Viv Richards and Kevin Pietersen support the fifth Brit Insurance National Cricket Day (May)

• Sport England announce £7.5million funding of Chance to Shine secondary schools programme (December)


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• Chance to Shine brings the benefits of competitive cricket to its 2 millionth child:  11 year old Eddie Lidster (pictured left) from Ridgeway Primary School in Ridgeway, Derbyshire

Watch: 2millionth child celebrations at Lord's on 26 April 2013 video


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  • Chance to Shine reaches the one millionth girl, Lillie Edwards, 12, to come through the schools programme. 


Moeen Ali 10th Anniversary
  • The Cricket Foundation charity rebrands as Chance to Shine to make things clearer for all audiences. 

  • Chance to Shine celebrates its 10th anniversary in May. England cricketer Moeen Ali helped to mark the milestone at Bethnal Green Academy where the charity first launched in 2005.

Have a look at some of the images from the past decade - memories that your donations have helped to achieve!

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