What is the Ashes School Challenge?


Ashes Schools Challenge

The England and Wales Cricket Board launched the Ashes School Challenge during the summer of 2013, a free interactive primary school resource that enables students to learn about Cricket and The Ashes using activities that are mapped against the National Curriculum.

An international primary schools programme which educates children about the game and creates a legacy for grassroots cricket in Australia and England, and enhances their communities on the back of one of the world sport’s most anticipated contests – The Ashes Series between Australia and England.

ECB is now encouraging more schools to sign up to the Ashes School Challenge this winter as England prepare to take on Australia ‘Down Under’ in the battle for ownership of the famous Ashes urn.

More than 1500 Primary schools nationwide have already signed up to the free interactive educational programme which was launched earlier this year to coincide with England’s home Investec Ashes series against Australia. The programme, which is also being supported by Chance to Shine and Cricket Australia, is designed to educate children about the Spirit of Cricket and create a legacy for grassroots cricket in England and Australia.

Programme Highlights:

  • Is developed around The Ashes Series between Australia and England in 2013 and beyond
  • Uses the game of cricket to teach students in schools in Australia and England about the qualities and values that can help them fulfil their potential at school, home, in their community and in life
  • Transforms local schools into vibrant community hubs by supporting them in becoming ‘Centres for Cricket Celebration’
  • Provides primary school students in Australia and England with an opportunity to look beyond their current circumstances, broaden their life view and experiences, be aware of their community, family, school and personal responsibilities and embark on a journey of cultural understanding and interaction
  • Uses a wide range of resources and media to connect students from diverse backgrounds in Australia and England and educate, interact, build relationships, inspire and empower

You can download an Ashes School Challenge information sheet below:

Ashes School Challenge – School Information Sheet (104 KB)

How do I register?

To register your interest to receive the Ashes School Challenge free resource or for all enquiries please email: ashesschoolchallenge@ecb.co.uk