Education programme launched by England Cricket Board and ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Programme aims to bring cricket to 1 million children
Last week at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the Cricket World Cup 2019 launched its Schools Programme, designed to engage one million young people in primary schools throughout England and Wales in the lead up to -and duration of -the tournament.
As well as hosting the launch, Lord’s Cricket 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; one key element of the World Cup Schools Programme where teachers can sign up to an online portal full lesson ideas that take cricket into the classroom [here].
The England & Wales Cricket Board and Chance to Shine, the leading cricket charity which works with young people in schools and communities, have been brought in to produce and develop the campaign and resources. The schools’ programme is designed to capture the imagination of teachers, young people and their parents across the country. The campaign resources will include lesson and assembly ideas, films, competitions and cross-curricular activities, and will sit on the Chance to Shine Schools’ website
Graeme Swann, Ambassador for the Cricket World Cup 2019 Schools Programme, said:
“I am delighted to be part of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Schools Programme and play a part in inspiring a new generation of fans and players through this great tournament.
“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 grass root level and give schools the opportunity to be part of the special atmosphere a World Cup brings.
“I played in the 2011 World Cup and it is the biggest stage in cricket with the world’s eyes on you – and now as a fan I find myself excited by what the Cricket World Cup promises deliver for the sport next year.”
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.”
ICC Managing Director ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Steve Elworthy, added:
“The ICC Cricket World Cup arrives back to England and Wales for the first time in 20 years and now is the time to seize this priceless opportunity and use the tournament as a platform for growth to create a new generation of fans and players.
“Through our dedicated Schools Programme, we are excited to take cricket into the classrooms across England and Wales as well as giving young people the unique chance to be part of sporting history. I know how important education through sport can be and we want to encourage as many schools as possible to be part of the programme and provide this unique opportunity to their pupils.”
For more information and to sign up to the teachers’ portal please visit www.chancetoshine.org/teaching-resources