Club’s a shining example

November 05 2015

Frenchay Cricket Club have won a national award for their work in schools. The club beat hundreds of entries from across the country to take the Project of the Year prize at cricket charity Chance to Shine’s annual awards.

Frenchay Cricket Club have won a national award for their work in schools. The club beat hundreds of entries from across the country to take the Project of the Year prize at cricket charity Chance to Shine’s annual awards.
Frenchay’s success was for their programme which promotes cricket to girls and pupils with special needs. The club has two girls in the current U11 Gloucestershire side, with two more trialling this season – all from Chance to Shine schools.
Its special education programme was aimed at Years 7, 8 and 9 and included informal matches and a club open day run by lead coach, Tyrone Isitt. It was praised by the judges for successfully developing schoolchildren of all ages, gender and ability. Frenchay club welfare officer Jim Donaldson received the award from England internationals and Chance to Shine Ambassadors Kate Cross and Tammy Beaumont at a glittering ceremony in London.
He said: “It means a lot to win. The programme has been built up over five years and the achievements achieved at all levels have been phenomenal. None of this could have happened without Chance to Shine and the Gloucestershire Cricket Board.
“We have to keep this momentum going. So many girls are coming through and we need to aid them through their development. We try to ensure the cricket is fun and everyone is enjoying themselves and that’s the key to our success.”
Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) projects and programmes manager Chris Munden, who administrates the county’s Chance to Shine projects said: “We are delighted for Frenchay and congratulate them on winning the award – it is fully deserved.
“The way they have built links between the club and local schools is fantastic and they are now reaping the rewards. It is wonderful to see them receive recognition for their hard work.”
Since 2005 the Chance to Shine Schools programme has helped reverse the decline in cricket in state schools. Working in close partnership with all 39 County Cricket Boards and hundreds of local cricket clubs, the charity has got over two and a half million boys and girls in over 11,000 schools playing and learning through cricket.
To find out more about Chance to Shine projects in Gloucestershire please email chris.munden@glosccc.co.uk