Igniting passions in Sparkhill

Fareed Mohammed first joined the Chance to Shine Street project in Sparkhill aged 13. Now aged 20, Fareed is employed by Warwickshire Cricket Board and has been coaching children at the same Sparkhill Street project for two years. He is also undertaking a degree to become a PE teacher. Read more

I took cricket by the horns

Karen Douglas is a PE specialist teacher at Tennyson Road Primary School in Luton. In 2017, Howard Moxon from Bedfordshire Cricket Board offered the school Chance to Shine. Howard not only inspired the children but Karen too. In the following year, Karen continued to lead cricket in the school, helping other teachers to become confident in cricket by using the online lesson plans. “Howard came in to the school last year and I thought ‘this is amazing’. That’s how we got into cricket. Read more

Removing the barriers to being active

Almost three quarters of Chance to Shine Street participants live in the 30% most deprived areas of England, according to analysis of Government Indices of Multiple Deprivation data– areas where children are less likely to be active or play sport regularly. Read more

Changing attitudes towards criminal behavior

In March 2018, three school pupils were stabbed outside St Edmund Campion School in Erdington. Five weeks later, in partnership with Chance to Shine, ex-offender Tanayah Sam was in the classroom working with pupils aged 12- 16 at risk of exclusion from the school or who have been in trouble with the police before. Read more

It isn't where you would expect to find some of the most enthusiastic young cricketers

“In our blank concrete playground, we have cultivated the initial love of a sport which brings out the best in people, promotes well-being and  a ‘can do’ attitude. “Our story only goes to prove that large fields and beautiful grounds doesn't grant you the right to play cricket. Being rich doesn't grant you the right to play cricket. You can play cricket anywhere,  at any age and with anyone Read more

Queens of the Castle

Chance to Shine funds local and regional competitions to give  children the opportunity to work together and test themselves in a competitive environment. Regular local leagues and tournaments run throughout the year to give the Street cricketers the opportunity to make friends with people from other areas and play in a competitive environments. Read more

Lilly's journey to represent her country

Eighteen months ago, 10 year-old Lilly didn’t do sport. Lilly was shy, unconfident and didn’t count herself amongst the ‘sporty’ children in her class. She had played a bit of cricket on the beach with her family but despite the best efforts of her cousin Chloe, a Suffolk Cricket coach, Lily just didn’t do sport. Read more

Learning through playing cricket

As part of the Chance to Shine Schools programme, coaches teach children how to play the game and also support maths and english learning through sessions, alongside developing life skills. Each school taking part is also offered the opportunity for the coach to support with classroom learning, using the excitement generated during coaching sessions to engage children. In partnership with Youth Sport Trust, we have developed a range of free lesson plans that support National Curriculum teachi Read more

Cricket is for everybody

Rosabella is a six-year-old girl; she works hard at school, loves to spend time with her friends and is a buzz of energy when she gets to take part in something she enjoys. Rosabella is also dealing with greater challenges than most people will ever have to tackle. Her mum, Rebecca, thinks Rosabella has around 10% of the sight of her classmates as there is a brain tumour restricting her optic nerve. Read more

Building teachers confidence and linking schools to cubs in Northumberland

In 2018, Northumberland Cricket Board inspired and coached 8,100 children in 90 primary schools through Chance to Shine. Read more

Bringing cricket to a new audience

Chance to Shine Street is focused on giving children in inner-city areas the opportunity to play cricket. For many, they already love the sport and they simply need somewhere to play but for a group of children in North London this is something completely different. Read more