MCC, in partnership with children's charity Chance to Shine, broke a Guinness World Record for the 'largest cricket lesson (single venue)' at Lord's on Monday 17 July.
580 school children from Chance to Shine schools were invited to take part in the Record, helping to beat the Cricket Australia's Record of running a cricket lesson for 488 children at the Sydney Cricket Ground last December.
The cricket lesson, which was pre-approved by Guinness World Records, was led by former England captain Charlotte Edwards with assistance from a team of qualified cricket coaches as well as former England bowler Isa Guha.
A Guinness World Records adjudicator was on hand to make sure all rules were adhered during the 30 minute lesson, where children performed bowling and fielding drills at the Home of Cricket.
Charlotte Edwards, a long-time Chance to Shine ambassador said: “It was brilliant to see so many young people having the opportunity to play and learn through cricket and beating the Guinness World Record set by the Aussies at the Home of Cricket was the icing on the cake!”
MCC's partnership with the Cricket Foundation and their Chance to Shine campaign to reintroduce cricket into state schools in the UK began in 2009.
Since then tens of thousands of children in Chance to Shine schools across England and Wales have been introduced to the key MCC Spirit of Cricket messages enshrined in the Laws of the game.
The partnership is part of the wider MCC Spirit of Cricket initiative to encourage children to play hard and play fair with Chance to Shine helping to inspire young people learn and guide them through key life skills.
In 2017, Chance to Shine aims to reach around 500,000 young people; nearly half of these are expected to be girls.
This summer, donations to the charity are being matched pound for pound by Chance to Shine Patron Adrian Beecroft.
To find out more and to donate, please visit chancetoshine.org/donate