Chance to Shine Street is bringing cricket to thousands of young people in inner-city areas. It uses the game to promote social cohesion and create opportunities in diverse communities affected by anti-social behaviour and youth crime.
We feel that every child, no matter where they live, should have the opportunity to enjoy cricket. Chance to Shine Street is a counter for a lack of clubs and green spaces in inner-city areas and aims to make cricket accessible to young people throughout the country.
At sessions, young people play a fast-paced version of tape-ball cricket, using a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape. Each innings lasts for 20 balls and games last for just 20 minutes. It needs very little cricket equipment and is ideal for inner-city venues.
In 2016, Camden Street was voted the Project of the Year at the Chance to Shine Annual Awards. Their story shows exactly what Chance to Shine Street cricket is all about:
Chance to Shine Street, formerly known as StreetChance, launched in 2008 to bring cricket to children in inner-city areas in London. In 2011/12, the programme was expanded to six more cities: Birmingham, Bristol, Dewsbury, Hull Liverpool and Manchester.
It has now reached over 38,000 youngsters since 2008 and is taking cricket to new people in new areas that would otherwise miss out on the chance to play. 85% of participants since 2008 were not members of cricket clubs.
In 2012, the charity received a £1 million National Lottery grant from Sport England, which has allowed us to create sessions and run a national cricket league for 16-24 year olds.
In 2016, England ODI skipper Eoin Morgan visited a Chance to Shine Street session in Coventry: