ESPNcricinfo, the world’s leading cricket media service, has launched a competition for schools and youth cricket clubs to win a once-in-a-lifetime cricket masterclass: including a coaching session at Lord’s Indoor School, a Tour of the Lord’s ground and a visit to their school from a famous ex-cricketer.

Schools can enter the competition until 20 May by logging on to and answering a simple cricket-based question.

ESPNcricinfo is partnering with the Cricket Foundation’s Chance to Shine initiative for the masterclass competition, which was won last year by Vaughan Primary School. Pupils from the school took part in a cricket training session at Lord’s, followed by a tour of the “home of cricket”. The day saw the youngsters taken through a coaching session by former England players Peter Such and Phil DeFreitas. The event culminated in a game, providing the perfect opportunity for the school’s keen cricketers to show the internationals what they had learned.

Images of last year’s winning school enjoying their day out at Lord’s available from this link

This year, ESPNcricinfo has re-established its partnership with Chance to Shine – and this year is additionally partnering with StreetChance, another initiative of the Cricket Foundation – for schools and clubs across the UK to win a visit from a famous ex-cricketer on 31st May and a coaching session plus tour at Lord’s on 13th June. Details of the famous ex-cricketers involved will be confirmed at a later date.

David Hopps, editor, UK, ESPNcricinfo, said: “Through this competition, ESPNcricinfo aims to stay true to our aim of serving fans by encouraging more kids to get involved in playing, watching and being interested in cricket. The Chance to Shine initiative has demonstrated the positive impact cricket can have in schools, and our masterclass competition is a brilliant opportunity for schools to give their pupils a taste of the game.”

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