School children from four primary schools will play at Lord’s at lunch on day one of the first npower Test after winning a MCC Spirit of Cricket competition.
The competition, in conjunction with the Cricket Foundation’s Chance to Shine scheme, asked children to design posters encouraging MCC’s ‘Play hard, play fair, have fun,’ message.
Thursday 21 July will also see a range of activities taking place across the Home of Cricket in order to promote the campaign and raise funds for Chance to Shine.
Youngster Shakil Karim of Northwood School in Hertfordshire will be in prime position for the toss with Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Andrew Strauss, joining them as official England mascot.
On the hallowed turf
The winning schools were Belleville Primary (Wandsworth), Hildenborough CE Primary (Tonbridge), Charlton Kings Junior School (Cheltenham), Camp Primary School (St. Albans).
Their cricketing skills will be overseen by England Women’s captain and Chance to Shine Coaching Ambassador Charlotte Edwards and Chief Executive of the Cricket Foundation Wasim Khan.
The charity will also be giving out special Chance to Shine wristbands around the ground and collecting voluntary £1 donations.
Chance to Shine ties are available from the Lord’s Shop, priced at £15. Each one will pay for a year of Chance to Shine coaching for a child.
MCC & Chance to Shine
The Cricket Foundation and MCC formed a new partnership in 2009, four years after the Chance to Shine scheme started.
Tens of thousands of children in Chance to Shine schools have since been introduced to the key Spirit of Cricket messages enshrined in the Laws of the game.
Over 1 million state school children in 4,000 schools have been exposed to cricket as a result of the Chance to Shine scheme. This year alone 350,000 girls and boys will play competitive cricket thanks to the initiative.
The target remains to reach 2million children in a third of state schools by 2015.