Since April 2008, members of the England women’s squad have worked as Chance to Shine ambassadors and coaches, encouraging more young people, particularly girls, to play cricket.
Between 10th-12th December 2012 Leicestershire & Rutland Cricket were fortunate enough to have Jenny Gunn and Danielle Hazell visit 6 Chance to Shine affiliated schools before they began their preparations for the defence of the ICC Women’s World Cup in India next year.
Schools to receive the visit were selected at random from those who had already affiliated to L&RC’s Chance to Shine scheme.
Visits were made to Crown Hills Community College and Parks Primary in the city, as well as Ibstock Community College, Uppingham Community College, Little Bowden Primary School and The Hall Primary School.
A total of 313 pupils ranging from year 3 to 9 were fortunate enough to participate in cricket sessions with Jenny and Danielle alongside L&RC’s Cricket Development Coaches, who deliver day to day curriculum coaching in the schools.
There was a particular emphasis on offering this opportunity to girls, with 165 girls having the opportunity to be coached by and interact with these inspirational role models.
The sessions consisted of a fun, active warm-up followed by engaging simplified games of cricket. Students then had the opportunity to quiz the England girls on a wide variety of topics with many interesting and original questions being asked.
From top to bottom: The Hall Primary School, Ibstock Community College, Uppingham Community College, Crown Hills Community College. For more photos of the visits click here.
For more information about the Chance to Shine programme please visit www.leicestershirecricket.co.uk/chance-to-shine.