Stars support National Cricket Day

Thousands of school children will take part in a day of cricket activity, in classrooms and playgrounds across Britain, on Wednesday for Brit Insurance National Cricket Day.

The national event aims to raise awareness of, and funds for, ‘Chance to Shine supported by Brit Insurance’, The Cricket Foundation charity’s campaign to educate two million children through cricket by 2015.

Pupils from Newcastle to Newquay will take part in cricket classes, break-time batting and bowling and extra-curricular cricket competitions. Over 1,000 primary and secondary schools took part in last year’s National Cricket Day. They will be joined at flagship events by a host of cricket ambassadors, including Alastair Cook, Charlotte Edwards, Graham Onions and Matt Prior.

Chance To Shine

Chance to Shine celebrated their fifth anniversary this year - one million children have benefitted from the scheme

The charity has devised special cricket-themed lessons to give the curriculum a cricketing twist. For example, children will learn the difference between acute and obtuse angles in maths through a range of cricket shots, or identify the country’s cricket playing counties in geography. The charity’s web-based resource, “CricEd”, covers citizenship, humanities, literacy and numeracy.

The day will also provide a focus for The Cricket Foundation’s 2010 public appeal, “Step up to the Crease!”. The charity is calling on schools, cricket clubs and the cricket-loving public to raise small amounts for Chance to Shine through fun, cricket-themed fundraising activity. Non-uniform days, cricket teas, cake sales, match-fee donations and fancy dress cricket matches are among the suggestions for schools and clubs.

Wasim Khan, Chief Executive of The Cricket Foundation said: “Brit Insurance National Cricket Day is the perfect way for schools, clubs and cricket fans to show their support for Chance to Shine and our “Step up to the Crease!” appeal. It’s a day for cricket lovers to unite for the good of cricket in this country.”

England spinner and ICC World Twenty20 champion, Graeme Swann, took part in last year’s National Cricket Day at Jesse Gray Primary School in Nottingham.

He said: “I’ve seen at first hand the positive effect that National Cricket Day can have on a school. he sheer enthusiasm of children taking part last year was fantastic to see and it was a joy to pass on a few tips and tricks.”

The Cricket Foundation will hold a series of flagship events across the country attended by high profile cricket ambassadors. The charity will join forces again with the England and Wales Cricket Board, Marylebone Cricket Club, The Lord’s Taverners and Professional Cricketers’ Association, as the whole cricket community gets behind Brit Insurance National Cricket Day.

Following the success in 2009, a beach cricket tournament will take place again on Perranporth Beach in Cornwall. The Cricket Foundation and MCC are also teaming up for an MCC Spirit of Cricket video competition. Pupils can win tickets to the MCC Spirit of Cricket Test Match at Lord’s between Pakistan and Australia on 14 July and the chance to play on the hallowed turf during the tea break, by capturing on film the ‘play hard, play fair’ message of MCC Spirit of Cricket.

Chance to Shine is one of the biggest school sport development initiative ever undertaken in Britain. This year it marked its fifth anniversary and the one millionth child to benefit from the £50m campaign. In 2010, Chance to Shine will operate in around 4,000 state primary and secondary schools, through 422 clubs across the country, and will reach over 400,000 girls and boys.