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.
The competition is open to UK-based residents until 31 March at espncricinfo.com/chancetoshine and requires entrants to answer a simple cricket-based question.
ESPNcricinfo is partnering with the Cricket Foundation – the charity behind the Chance to Shine and StreetChance initiatives aimed at increasing cricket participation – for the masterclass competition, which was won last year by Wallington High School for Girls. 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 Alex Tudor. The event culminated in a game, providing the perfect opportunity for the school’s keen cricketers to show the internationals what they had learned.
This year, ESPNcricinfo has re-established its partnership with The Cricket Foundation for schools and clubs across the UK to win a visit from a famous ex-cricketer on 17 April, and, a coaching session plus tour at Lord’s on 10 May. Details of the famous ex-cricketers involved will be confirmed at a later date.
David Hopps, editor, UK, ESPNcricinfo, said: “Encouraging kids to get involved in playing, watching and being interested in cricket is our objective with this year’s masterclass competition. 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.”