Chance to Shine Awards 2019 NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED The Chance to Shine Awards are an inspiring evening where we celebrate those who have made notable contributions to spreading the power of cricket this year. The awards, supported by NatWest, will take place on the evening of Wednesday 20 November at Lord's Cricket Ground. Nominations will close on Sunday 6 October at 10 PM. Awards categories Primary School of the Year Chance to Shine work in nearly 5,000 state primary schools across the country every year. This award recognises the school who has most closely taken on the values of Chance to Shine (Inspiring, Ambitious, Inclusive, Passionate and Fun) and is effective in supporting their pupils to take part in cricket. We want to hear about what cricket has done for the pupils, how the teachers have embraced the sport and what has been done to build a sustainable culture of cricket. Read all about last year's winner, Fairholme Primary School in Feltham here. (To be eligible the school must have received the Chance to Shine Primary Schools Programme). Secondary School of the Year In 2018/19, we supported secondary schools through a pilot Girls Secondary School Programme. This award will recognise a school that has used the opportunities offered by Chance to Shine to get more girls playing, learning and developing through cricket and specifically, those who have developed leadership opportunities for their students. We want to hear about individual leadership stories and how this has helped personal development. Last year's winner was The Castle School in Taunton, read their story. (To be eligible the school must have either taken part in Chance to Compete or the Girls Secondary School programme). Schools Coach of the Year This award recognises one of the 700 coaches who deliver inspirational Chance to Shine sessions in state schools across the country. Chance to Shine coaches are the most important ambassadors for the sport, they inspire so many children to take up cricket and play a crucial role in encouraging a child to develop a positive relationship with physical activity. We want to hear about a coach whose fun and approachable style has ensured that all children in the class feel confident and comfortable to take part. They will also support and develop the teachers, to make sure that they too are learning during the sessions. Staffordshire Cricket's Myles Coughlan was last year's coach of the year, watch this video to find out why. Street Coach of the Year Chance to Shine Street coaches are more than just cricket coaches, they're role models and mentors to the children and young people that they work with. Street cricket projects take place in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country and coaches need to know and understand the area that they work in to provide the best experience for the young people. We want to hear how coaches have supported the personal, social and mental wellbeing of the participants as well as improving their cricket skills. Those who are being innovative and creative in bringing new participants to their sessions and making sure the young people want to come back every week. Farouk Hussain was named Street Coach of the Year, find out why here. Street Participant of the Year There are over 200 Chance to Shine Street projects running across the country. This year, 4,500 children and young adults played every week. This award recognises one of these individuals who epitomises the success of the Street programme. They will not only love the sport but will also pass their passion on to the other young people at the project. We want to hear about individuals who have changed and developed thanks to playing the game and who play a key role in making sure the project they attend is successful for all. Ibrahim from Oxfordshire won last year's award, read his story here. Project of the Year The Project of the Year award recognises a project that is going above and beyond to support the participants. The award celebrates innovative and inclusive projects, that either brings communities together through cricket or, encourages people who otherwise wouldn’t take part in cricket to give it a go. See why the Liverpool Girls Street Project that took home the award last year here. #NoBoundaries Award ‘Cricket has no boundaries’ is a NatWest campaign that celebrates the diversity and inclusivity of cricket as a sport. This award recognizes an individual, group of individuals or project that demonstrates the ability of sport to break down barriers to participation and create an inclusive environment in which all young people can flourish, regardless of gender, race, religion or ability. This may be ensuring that a group under-represented within sport are getting the opportunity to take part. Islington Street Cricket project took home the #NoBoundaries Award last year, watch their story here. Community Cricket Award A new award for 2019! We know how important it is to ensure that children who have been inspired by cricket continue playing outside of their Chance to Shine sessions. This award will recognise outstanding work done to link Chance to Shine programmes to community cricket opportunities (this could be All Stars Cricket, Chance to Shine Street or traditional cricket clubs). It could be a school, an individual or club who has gone above and beyond to keep children playing cricket and ensuring that young people stay in the game long term.