Lancashire support Chance to shine

Chance to shine

Lancashire's Mark Chilton and West Indies' Brendan Nash join in the fun at Swinton High School on National Cricket Day

School children at Swinton High in Manchester enjoyed a day of cricket-themed activity as they took part in the Chance to shine National Cricket Day.

As cricket fever starts to sweep the country in a hectic summer that has already seen the ICC World Twenty20, pupils will take part in cricket classes, break-time batting and bowling and extra-curricular cricket competitions.

And current West Indies international Brendan Nash and Lancashire's Mark Chilton met children from Swinton High School to coach, advise and present awards as part of the Allianz Skills Challenge, which will be running in 3,000 schools throughout the summer following its success last year.

Wasim Khan, director of operations and development for the Cricket Foundation, said: “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.”

Lancashire batsman Chilton enjoyed passing on his experience to the enthusiastic students. “Chance to shine, as with Lancashire, work very hard to promote the benefits of cricket to people of all ages," he said.

“Not only is cricket a great team sport to play, but it encourages a healthy and active lifestyle. Sport is seen as a fun activity and if cricket can be used to put the fun factor back into learning, then everyone’s a winner.”

Nash added: “Chance to shine is invigorating cricket in state schools and taking part in National Cricket Day is the best way for schools to support this worthy campaign.

"Children are using cricket as a vehicle to improve inside and outside the classroom."