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Chance to Shine

Chance to Shine outlined its new mission to supporters at the start of 2015: to spread the power of cricket in schools and communities, inspiring one million more young people by 2020.

The grassroots cricket charity's ambitious target is part of a five-year strategy, which includes a new £25million fundraising appeal.

Chance to Shine was launched in 2005 as an initiative aimed at reversing the decline of cricket in state schools. Less than 10 per cent of them were playing any form of meaningful, competitive cricket and the country's traditional summer sport was at risk of dying out.

Now in its tenth year, Chance to Shine has successfully brought cricket to 2.5 million children in 11,000 state schools across England and Wales. However, millions of young people in the state sector and particularly in inner-city areas still do not have the same opportunity to play cricket as their peers in private schools.

As part of the new strategy, Chance to Shine is refreshing its brand. It has replaced the Cricket Foundation as the charity name and its two core programmes are now called 'Chance to Shine Schools' and 'Chance to Shine Street' (previously StreetChance).

Chairman of Chance to Shine, Donald Brydon, said: “Chance to Shine has been one of the sporting success stories from the past decade. But we must now look forward, not back. We have a new, ambitious mission: to spread the power of cricket in schools and communities, inspiring one million more young people by 2020.”

Find out more about Chance To Shine on their website - and you can donate.

State schools that would like to benefit from the scheme should contact their local County Cricket Board for more information on how to join.