Flintoff backs National Cricket Day
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has lent his support to the Chance to shine national cricket day on Tuesday 23 June.
Thousands of children in state schools across the country will enjoy a day of cricket-themed activity as part of a ‘Summer of Cricket’.
Pupils from Newcastle to Newquay will take part in cricket classes, break-time batting and bowling and extra-curricular cricket competitions.
The Cricket Foundation, the charity behind the Chance to shine campaign to educate two million state school children through cricket, has developed a unique educational resource, CricEd, to be launched on Chance to shine National Cricket Day.
It offers teachers a range of innovative and interactive cross-curricular lessons that are both cricketing and educational.
Flintoff said: “Chance to shine is kick-starting cricket in state schools again and taking part in national cricket day is the best way for schools to support this unbelievable campaign.”
Wasim Khan, director of operations and development for the Cricket Foundation, added: “Chance to shine is breathing new life back into state schools’ cricket, while helping to educate thousands of children through cricket.
“Chance to shine national cricket day is a celebration of the benefits that competitive cricket can bring to boys and girls in our state schools.”
Meanwhile, the Cricket Foundation and MCC are also teaming up to launch a special MCC spirit of cricket competition on Chance to shine national cricket day.
Pupils in participating schools will be encouraged to design A3 poster adverts that promote the ‘play hard, play fair, have fun’ message of the MCC spirit of cricket.
The best entry will win a money-can’t-buy prize: tickets for the winner, and family (maximum four people), to the sold-out England v Australia Ashes Test at Lord’s, courtesy of MCC.
The winning poster advert will also be displayed on the big screens at Lord’s. The winner’s school, together with four runners-up, will also receive cricket playground markings from the Cricket Foundation, worth £1,000, that help promote creative playground fun and learning.
The Cricket Foundation’s £50million Chance to shine campaign has wide-ranging support from the ECB, Sport England, the Lord’s Taverners, MCC, the Professional Cricketers’ Association and Youth Sports Trust.
Allianz and Slazenger are the campaign’s main corporate sponsors. Further details on Chance to shine national cricket day and the charitable campaign, including ways to donate, can be found at www.chancetoshine.org.