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MCC gets behind National Cricket Day

MCC’s Spirit of Cricket message will be out in force across the country during Chance to Shine’s Brit Insurance National Cricket Day on Thursday 23 June.

Sports Minister Hugh Robertson will start things off with a special MCC Spirit of Cricket assembly, as one inner-city London school is turned into a Dream Cricket School for the day.

The Dream School will also benefit from a maths lesson with Govenor of the Bank of England Sir Mervyn King , PE lesson with Chris Tremlett and art with Jack Russell.

Channel 5 cricket presenter Mark Nicholas will take English-Media, Daybreak weather presenter Lucy Verasamy will help with Geography and Barmy Army trumpeter Billy Cooper will teach music.

Meanwhile in Brighton, St. Margaret’s School, Patcham School, St Luke’s and Mile Oak School will be involved in a joint Chance to Shine and MCC beach cricket competition.

Overall, more than 4,000 schools will take part in National Cricket Day across the country.

'Play Hard, Play Fair, Have Fun'

Member Matthew Fleming]Robertson will be joined by MCC Committee Member Matthew Fleming for the special Spirit of Cricket assembly.

Robertson recently played against an MCC side captained by Fleming for Lords & Commons at Lord’s.

The two will join forces though at the ‘Dream Cricket School,’ to deliver the assembly, which promotes the Spirit of Cricket mantra of ‘Play Hard, Play Fair, Have fun.’

Spirit of Cricket & Chance to Shine classroom resources - including video, quizzes and details of how to get involved are available from

Winning partnership

Chance to Shine is an initiative run by the Cricket Foundation charity since 2005 which aims to bring the benefits of cricket back into state schools.

MCC has been in partnership with Cricket Foundation since 2009.

As custodians of the Laws and Spirit of Cricket, MCC is MCC is passionate about promoting the game and the Spirit of Cricket to children and young people all over the world.

Chance to Shine has already brought cricket to over one million children since its formation, with thousands of pupils introduced to MCC’s Spirit of Cricket each year.

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