Cricket in secondary schools gets £90k funding boost
The Gloucestershire Cricket Board will deliver its first
project aimed purely at secondary school pupils after receiving £90,000 funding
from Chance to Shine.
The three-year partnership will allow the GCB to provide
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coaching sessions in secondarys across the county in an attempt to get more
children interested in cricket and stop youngsters dropping out of the game.
The scheme will also include arranging competitive matches
between schools and training for teachers.
Gloucestershire cricket development manager Steve Silk said:
"This is the first time that funds have been made available for cricket boards
to work specifically with secondary and special schools.
"At the moment a lot
of kids enjoy their first taste of cricket at primary school but can be lost to
the game when they go to secondary school. This funding will help us encourage youngsters
to keep playing cricket as well as introducing new people to the game."
Priority schools and age groups to benefit from the funding
will be chosen following an audit into the needs of schools, which is currently
being carried out by GCB staff.
The agreement is
the latest in the board's long-standing partnership with the Cricket Foundation
charity. It's Chance to Shine programme - which is
supported by Brit Insurance - is the biggest grass-roots sport development
programme ever undertaken in Britain. It was launched in 2005 by Governor of
the Bank of England Sir Mervyn King to reverse the decline of cricket in state
schools and has now brought cricket to 1.8 million schoolchildren.
In 2012 the GCB supported the delivery of Chance to
Shine sessions in 119 schools, most of them primaries. More than 30 of these were
new to the scheme. As part of the programme, the schools played 1595 games
internally and externally with 322 new players joining clubs as a result of
Chance to Shine.
Steve said: "There is no school-based scheme anywhere
else in sport that comes close to Chance to Shine. We have been heavily
involved with them for a number of years and over that time thousands of
children have been enthused about cricket and been encouraged to join clubs. We
are confident that this new scheme will bring similar results."
Stuart Priscott, Chance to Shine regional manager for
the south and south west said: "We want to inspire children to choose cricket. This
funding will help create more and better opportunities for young people to play
cricket within secondary schools. It builds on the great work that we and the GCB
have done at primary level. Now we want to extend this to encourage pupils in
secondary schools to play, compete and join local cricket clubs."