Isle of Wight Cricket

Chance to Shine Supporting Schools Caoching Programme

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The Cricket Foundation's Chance to Shine schools' cricket campaign, in conjunction with the Isle of Wight Cricket Board & Premier School Sport Coaching Ltd, will be delivering cricket coaching in over 33 primary schools starting this February.

The Chance to Shine project is keeping cricket alive in state schools and each school will be receiving a cricket package that is heavily subsidised by the funding given to the Cricket Board by Chance to Shine.

The Island's Cricket Development Manager, Stuart Chatfield said, 'We offered every primary school on the Island the chance to access the funding and we are delighted that 33 schools have signed up.

The aim is to introduce cricket to the pupils at the schools, not just the playing of the game but the spirit of the game as well. We are trying to make cricket sustainable in each school by offering teacher training and coaching plans to be left at each school'.

Mark Woodhouse, Director Premier School Sport Coaching said "we are proud to support such a fantastic programme and assist the Isle of Wight Cricket Board in developing junior cricket on the island. The teacher training will hopefully engage school staff to continue cricket beyond the 10 hours of coaching."

Schools will be able to enter festivals at local clubs to get some game time for the children and coaches will encourage children involved to get down to their local clubs to carry on playing cricket after the coaching has finished.

There is still time to get your school involved and if you are interested please contact Stuart Chatfield on 01983 530511.

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