How we create opportunities to play

  1. Coaches inspire children in schools and communities all year round

  2. We take cricket to areas with less opportunities to play

  3. Teachers are trained to sustain cricket in schools

  4. Children are supported to continue playing at cricket clubs in their community

Changing Attitudes towards Cricket

We surveyed 1,500 children aged 5-11 at the beginning and end of their Chance to Shine programme. We found that, through taking part, a greater number of children agree they like cricket, feel they are good at playing and would like to play again.

Teacher’s attitudes towards cricket also changed. In a survey of 500 teachers, nine in 10 agreed ‘I feel confident to teach a cricket session without an external coach present’ and ‘I find cricket enjoyable’ at the end of the programme.

More Children Agree


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End of Programme

How to get 70 Children Playing Cricket Every Week

In 2021, Gloucester launched its first Chance to Shine Street projects in Barton and Tredworth. For 15 years, there had been few opportunities for children to play cricket in the city. With an eye to address the absence of cricket, Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation’s Masoor Khan and Shazil Butt, a former Street participant, set about creating a seamless pathway to ensure that children could play cricket in their community. A local venue was found, and the pair spread the word that cricket had arrived in Gloucester. Now, up to 70 children play cricket every week.

It all started with my daughter, she came in from school and said, ‘Mum, I need to practice throwing!’ We went as a family and now we rarely miss a session.

Fatema Parekh, Parent

1. Inspiring Schools

Children in three primary schools in Barton and Tredworth took part in Chance to Shine. Their coaches, Masoor and Shazil, invited them to keep playing cricket over the half-term holiday at a free ECB Dynamos cricket camp at The Glebe, a local park. They spent a week playing cricket with their coaches.

2. Introducing Street

Chance to Shine Street was launched in Gloucester, allowing children inspired by school and holiday camp sessions to continue playing. Masoor and Shazil remained as coaches to ensure they saw a familiar face.

3. A Holiday Boost

Masoor and Shazil ran a free ECB All Stars and Dynamos holiday cricket camp at Gloucester Cricket Club’s ground, with over 60 children attending. The children were encouraged to attend the new Street project.

4. Non Stop Cricket

With up to 70 children playing cricket every week, Chance to Shine Street moved to the GL1 Leisure Centre in winter, to allow children to keep playing all year around. The project continues to grow as parents and children spread the word.