One year on from retiring from international cricket after being diagnosed with a serious heart condition, James Taylor is working with a national children’s charity to teach primary school pupils grit and resilience, it was announced today (12 April).
From the start of the Summer term, Taylor, 27, will visit schools across the country in his role as ambassador for ‘Chance to Shine’, a charity that gives children in state schools the opportunity to play and learn through cricket.
The former England and Nottinghamshire batsman will take part in school assemblies and Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PHSE) lessons to inspire children and help them learn how to cope with setbacks in life.
The cricketing world was shocked when the news broke, a year ago today, that Taylor was suffering from the congenital heart condition ARVC (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrhythmia). Since his retirement, Taylor has carved a new career as a TV and radio commentator and has worked with Chance to Shine to inspire the next generation of cricket players and fans.
Speaking about the past year and his role at Chance to Shine, Taylor said: “It’s been the toughest period of my life but the lessons I learned from cricket, including learning to cope with setbacks and developing resilience, has helped me so much to come to terms with my illness. Working with Chance to Shine, I hope I can pass on those lessons that were invaluable to me to the next generation.“
Chance to Shine has brought cricket to over three million children in 13,000 state schools and local communities since 2005. In 2017, the charity aims to reach around 500,000 young people; nearly half of these are expected to be girls.
Chance to Shine is developing a set of cricket-themed teaching resources for schools, which will be available for free on a digital platform from September 2017, to help sustain a culture of cricket in schools.
Throughout the 2017 cricket season, donations to Chance Shine will be matched £ for £ thanks to the very generous support of our long-term charity Patron, Adrian Beecroft. Click here to donate now.