Schools regularly tell us regularly about the impact that Chance to Shine is having on pupils:
Ling Bob Primary School Deputy Head, Dorian Brooksby, says that,
Chance to Shine is, by far, the best sports initiative in my 30 years’ experience of teaching.
The school draws pupils from an area of social and economic disadvantage but Dorian explains that
Cricket has had a massive impact on the school, especially on the behaviour of pupils in the playground, the classroom and beyond.
Minehead Cricket Club has been on the Chance to Shine programme for six years and they are seeing at first-hand the benefits of the scheme. The youth section of the club is thriving and one of their youngsters, Zoe Cape, recently made her debut for the Somerset senior women's team. Their coach, Steve Hayes believes there is
a real buzz around the club thanks to Chance to Shine.
At Whitehouse Primary School sixty per cent of the pupils are on free school meals and many of the parents are out of work. Since taking part in the programme the children have learnt many important skills that will be vital in later life. As Rachel Woods, Headteacher at the school, explains,
Chance to Shine has had a huge impact on the school. The children have learnt how to manage their feeling and support each other.