It uses the game to increase aspiration, promote social cohesion and create opportunities in diverse communities. There are 165 Chance to Shine Street projects across the country. It’s a fast-paced version of the game played with a tape ball – a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape – in small enclosed spaces. With six players per team and 20 balls per innings, it’s cricket’s answer to five-a-side football!
We feel that every child, no matter where they live, should have the opportunity to play cricket. Chance to Shine Street is a counter for a lack of accessible clubs and green spaces in inner-city areas and aims to make cricket accessible to young people throughout the country. Street cricket offers a different way into the sport, with 87% of players not part of a traditional cricket club when they joined the sessions. Some – around 1 in 10 – do go on to play at a traditional cricket club or enter park-based T20 leagues but for most the Street project becomes their club. The projects run after-school or at weekends, they are completely free, players don’t need to bring any equipment and can wear whatever they like. The sessions run in sports halls, youth clubs, parks and community centres for two age groups – Youths (8–15) and Young Adults (16–24) – and in some locations we run female-only sessions.
Chance to Shine Street is bringing the game to some of the most disadvantaged areas of England. Three-quarters of Street cricketers live in the 30% most deprived areas of England and the sessions provide them with an alternative to hanging out on the streets or sitting at home in front of the TV. Street is appealing to children from diverse communities. 80% are from BAME backgrounds and two thirds come from families of south-Asian heritage. Street is helping to break down social barriers and integrate people into their local area. In a 2018 survey of 658 Street participants, 78% said “I have met people from different backgrounds” and four fifths agreed “I have made new friends”.
In Derbyshire the DCF run two Street projects, one Young Adults, based at Willows Sports Centre in Derby and one Youth project based right in the heart of the inner city community at Dale Primary School. We are actively looking to attract new participants as well as create new projects. If you are interested in taking part or helping us deliver the projects by coaching please contact Charlie Storr at email@example.com or on 07775001003. Please see details on timings and venue’s for both projects on our posters below…….
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