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Thousands of school children will take part in a day of cricket activity, in classrooms and playgrounds across Britain, on Wednesday 23 June for Brit Insurance National Cricket Day.
MCC will once again be lending their support and getting involved: following the success in 2009, a beach cricket tournament will take place on Perranporth Beach in Cornwall.
Somerset batsman Nick Compton and England Women’s opening batter, Caroline Atkins, will join in the fun at the seaside for the MCC-supported event in Cornwall.
The Cricket Foundation and MCC are also teaming up for an MCC Spirit of Cricket video competition.
Pupils can win tickets to the MCC Spirit of Cricket Pakistan v Australia Test match at Lord’s (14 July) and places to play on the hallowed turf during the lunch break, by capturing on film the ‘play hard, play fair’ message of MCC Spirit of Cricket.
The national event aims to raise awareness of, and funds for, ‘Chance to Shine supported by Brit Insurance’, The Cricket Foundation charity’s campaign to educate two million children through cricket by 2015.
Pupils from Newcastle to Newquay will take part in cricket classes, break-time batting and bowling and extra-curricular cricket competitions. Hundreds of primary and secondary schools will take part in this year’s event.
The charity has devised special cricket-themed lessons to give the Curriculum a cricketing twist.
For example, children will learn the difference between acute and obtuse angles in Maths through a range of cricket shots, or identify the country’s cricket playing counties in Geography.
The charity’s web-based resource, "CricEd", covers citizenship, humanities, literacy and numeracy.
Passing on tricks & tips
Wasim Khan, Chief Executive of The Cricket Foundation said: "Brit Insurance National Cricket Day is the perfect way for schools, clubs and cricket fans to show their support for Chance to Shine and our 'Step up to the Crease!' appeal.
"It’s a day for cricket lovers to unite for the good of cricket in this country."
England spinner and ICC World Twenty 20 champion, Graeme Swann, took part in last year’s National Cricket Day at Jesse Gray Primary School in Nottingham.
Swann said: "I’ve seen at first hand the positive effect that National Cricket Day can have on a school.
"The sheer enthusiasm of children taking part last year was fantastic to see and it was a joy to pass on a few tips and tricks."
Chance to Shine is one of the biggest school sport development initiative ever undertaken in Britain.
This year it marked its fifth anniversary and the one millionth child to benefit from the £50 million campaign.
In 2010, Chance to Shine will operate in around 4,000 state primary and secondary schools, through 422 clubs across the country, and will reach over 400,000 girls and boys.
With the continued partnership between The Cricket Foundation and MCC, these children are now introduced to the key MCC Spirit of Cricket messages enshrined in the Laws of the game.