Pupils from Steve Finn’s old school, Cassiobury Junior School in Watford, will get the opportunity to share the Lord’s outfield with the England and Middlesex bowler today, as they take part in a cricket demonstration during the lunch interval of the Test Match between England and New Zealand.
Cassiobury Junior School, which is one of 4,500 Chance to Shine schools from across the country, was selected to take part in the lunchtime demonstration at Lord’s, as a reward for how the children have embraced the MCC Spirit of Cricket message of playing hard, but fair.
Speaking about the Chance to Shine and MCC Spirit of Cricket lunchtime demonstration, former Cassiobury Junior School pupil, Steve Finn, said:
“It’s absolutely great that children from my old school are getting the opportunity to play at Lord’s today through Chance to Shine’s ongoing partnership with the MCC Spirit of Cricket initiative. I remember running in to bowl on the playground at Cassiobury and always dreamed of playing at Lord’s. The reality is very special, so I hope they enjoy the experience as much as I do every time I play here for England and Middlesex.”
Today also represents the first of a series of fundraising and awareness days for Chance to Shine, which will take place at some of the Test grounds across the country this summer. Throughout the day Chance to Shine wristbands and ties will be available at various points around the Ground in return for a voluntary donation of £1 and £20 respectively.
At the start of the summer term, MCC and Chance to Shine relaunched an ongoing partnership to help teach young people how to play sport in a competitive but fair spirit. As part of the nationwide scheme to encourage fair play, in 2013 Chance to Shine coaches will deliver MCC Spirit of Cricket assemblies and lessons in good sportsmanship to around 400,000 children in 4,500 state schools. During the summer, pupils will also have the chance to compete for their very own Ashes Urn, as 1,500 replica urns have been distributed to Chance to Shine schools across the country, as a result of the partnership with MCC.
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About Chance to Shine / MCC Spirit of Cricket partnership
In 2013, around 400,000 children in just under 4,000 ‘Chance to Shine supported by Brit Insurance’ schools will be introduced to the key MCC Spirit of Cricket messages enshrined in the Laws of the game, as a result of the MCC/Chance to Shine partnership. There are three core elements to the partnership: communicating the MCC Spirit of Cricket message to children within schools through special assemblies and lessons, organising intra school competitions and holding an MCC Spirit of Cricket Open Day at Lord’s.
Chance to Shine coaches will deliver the MCC Spirit of Cricket message as part of the core Chance to Shine programme. MCC and Chance to Shine have produced a special MCC Spirit of Cricket online DVD resource for school assemblies that cover key aspects of the MCC Spirit of Cricket.
Each Chance to Shine school will also be provided with a replica Ashes Urn and stickers to support intra school competition. This allows children to put into practice what they have learnt in the classroom. Pupils’ fair play will be recognised and rewarded at the school sessions.
On Tuesday 25th June MCC and the Cricket Foundation will deliver a large-scale “MCC Spirit of Cricket Open Day” at Lord’s; over 500 primary school children from Chance to Shine schools based around the country, alongside local Westminster schools, will participate in a unique day of cricket and other educational activities across the Ground.
About MCC Spirit of Cricket
MCC is the owner of Lord’s, the Home of Cricket, and is the Guardian of the Laws and Spirit of Cricket. The Club actively promotes its “Play Hard, Play Fair” message around the world, from the grassroots to the elite level. In addition to its partnership with Chance to Shine, MCC collaborates with cricketing organisations across the globe to ensure the game is played in a sportsmanlike manner.
About ‘Chance to Shine supported by Brit Insurance’
Chance to Shine is bringing cricket back to schools. Before it launched in 2005, fewer than 10 per cent of state schools played competitive cricket. Seven years on, Chance to Shine has linked 1,004 cricket clubs to 6,500 schools and their specialist coaches have brought cricketing opportunities to 2million state school children. Chance to Shine is not just about cricket. Young people involved in the programme are developing essential life skills and values, such as leadership, discipline, teamwork and understanding how to win and lose. £15 pays for a child to benefit from Chance to Shine for a year. Chancetoshine.org
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