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Education scheme ties into the 2019 Cricket World Cup

The ECB's Schools Programme, aiming to bring the sport to a million children, was launched at Lord's

Posted by Julian Owen | December 10, 2018 | Sports & leisure

The Cricket World Cup 2019 has taken to Lord's to launch its schools programme, designed to engage a million primary age children throughout England and Wales in the lead up to - and duration of - the tournament.  

The historic ground is also the chosen venue for the ICC Cricket World Cup Final on 14 July 2019, and the launch event saw current England players David Willey and Heather Knight join former cricketers Isa Guha and Graeme Swann, along with local school children from St. Edwards Primary School. Together, they took part in a classroom session using cricket as an educational tool. 

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Chance to Shine, the cricket charity working with young people in schools and communities, have been brought in to produce and develop the campaign and resources: lesson and assembly ideas, films, competitions and cross-curricular activities. 

Cricket can inspire its next generation of fans and players by taking the tournament into clubs, playgrounds and classrooms across England and Wales, and we will be working hard together to make the most of this moment. ECB Chief Executive, Tom Harrison

Graeme Swann, Ambassador for the Cricket World Cup 2019 Schools Programme, said: “Hosting a World Cup here in England and Wales presents a unique opportunity to use the impact of the tournament to grow the game at grassroots level and give schools the opportunity to be part of the special atmosphere a World Cup brings.” 

ECB Chief Executive, Tom Harrison, said: “Having the ICC Cricket World Cup played here in England and Wales gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity. We must turn the excitement of a World Cup on home soil into a guaranteed route to draw more players and volunteers to recreational cricket. Cricket can inspire its next generation of fans and players by taking the tournament into clubs, playgrounds and classrooms across England and Wales, and we will be working hard together to make the most of this moment.” 

For more information, or to sign up to the teachers’ portal, please visit chancetoshine.org/teaching-resources

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