Update (February 2021)

On 22 February 2021, the government issued a four step plan to ease lockdown and end nationwide restrictions. Everyone at Chance to Shine is working tirelessly to ensure that we are ready to return to in-person delivery as soon as the guidance allows.

Education landscape update (February 2021):

The Department for Education (DfE) have confirmed that schools will re-open from Monday 8 March 2021. The accompanying guidance issued provides clarity that external coaches can be permitted for curricular and extra-curricular activities. 

The guidance also recommends that outdoor sports are prioritised and if this is not possible, schools should look to utilise large indoor spaces.

Read the DfE guidance in full here.

There is a need for Chance to Shine to consider the ongoing support to allow coaches and teachers to confidently provide a safe and engaging experience of cricket, where this is possible – both within an adapted PE curriculum and to support physical, social and mental wellbeing as well as the personal development of young people within education settings. Part of this consideration includes the safe return of external coaching delivery to schools through the CTS programme.

Programme support

At the point from which lockdown within England & Wales started, Chance to Shine created a set of bespoke ‘Cricket at Home’ sessions to help provide simple, safe and meaningful ways of developing core cricket skills either at home (within household) or at school (for the relatively small number still attending). These sessions have been released weekly, and cover both the ‘Play’, ‘Learn’ and ‘Compete’ aspects of Chance to Shine’s programme and are directly connected to the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 PE curriculum, as well as supporting cross-curricular learning. The content of National Cricket Week was also adapted to ‘at home’ delivery.

All of these resources are available on the Chance to Shine website – https://www.chancetoshine.org/staying-active-during-the-covid-19-outbreak

All sessions have been developed with ‘at home learning’ in mind, and as such are specifically designed to require: minimal kit; individual or pairs; limited space. The combination of these factors, alongside schools ensuring that they provide an ongoing thorough risk assessment of their environment, means that Chance to Shine will be recommending the use of these activities for any cricket sessions delivered by either teachers or coaches within the school setting, until such time that any social distancing measures are greatly reduced or removed.

It is the responsibility of the school and its staff to ensure that they provide a safe and compliant environment for any sessions to take place. The role of the coach, should any external delivery happen, will be to provide subject specific expertise, to support teacher confidence to deliver sessions themselves and to enhance the learning experience of young people. To supplement this, we have developed our content into a menu of suitable activities.

Return to Cricket within an Educational Setting

Schools Activity Guide

Risk Management for Chance to Shine programmes

Chance to Shine have created a pre-programme ‘risk management’ document to support CCBs and coaches who will be delivering and to proactively inform schools of the measures being taken to allow sessions to take place.

Although Chance to Shine are providing guidance in this area, it is the CCB, the coach and the school who are responsible for making sure the session is safe and compliant with government guidelines. Each individual school involved in the programme is ultimately responsible, as the host, for providing a safe and compliant space for the sessions and, the CCB and the coach will comply with their specific regulations, procedures and risk mitigations.

There is a further document available with an additional checklist for the school and coach to work through as actions are completed. For schools receiving direct delivery from Chance to Shine coaches, the CCB and coach will share this with you during any programme induction for the 2020/21 academic year.