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Cheshire Cricket Board (CCB) engaged 196 schools during the academic year, successfully incorporating the inaugural secondary school project and reaching an even wider demographic. There were 9 projects in total, divided by regions which were run and delivered by CCB Development & Coaching Officers (DCOs). 63 of these schools were new to the programme for 2012/13.

The programme continues to be a focal point of PE provision in Primary schools across the county and our full time professionals have built very strong relationships with the schools and staff.

Teacher Feedback is gathered regularly and posted on the CCB website.

One of our key messages is that cricket is accessible to all and there has been a steady increase in the number of girls playing the game in Cheshire with migration to clubs also on the rise. Special schools and players with disabilities are provided with opportunities both in school and through further exit routes.

Cheshire DCO Chris Edwards, who represents England's Learning Difficulty team was recognised with a nomination at the annual c2s awards. A role model for other aspiring cricketers with disabilities Chris became the first member of his national squad to gain professional employment from a County Board.

To incorporate the smooth delivery of the additional Secondary school project CCB employed 3 more full time staff taking the total number of deliverers to 11. This is supplemented by club coaches assisting on various projects. In investing in the additional staff it ensured that quality provision was achieved across 63 secondary schools in year 1. CCB had targeted 50 over a three year period.

An in-depth consultation period took place between Oct and Nov to find out the specific needs for each region and indeed requirements of different secondary schools. A key element was understanding what pupils want from an extracurricular sports club. By carrying this out regionally the provision could look very different from school to school but it helped in engaging the pupils into something they wanted and enjoyed.

50 sports clubs were targeted at the start but the amount delivered was closer to 100. Additional schools were taken on and in a lot of cases schools had more than 1 sports club each, to accommodate the different age groups.

For 2013/14 CCB must build on last year's success retaining the majority of schools involved. CCB will look to further develop their partnerships with Competition Mangers, CSPs, SSPs (where still applicable) and other NGBs in offering a more versatile product.

A significant part of CCB's delivery was around educating and just as importantly mentoring yr 9-11 Cricket Young Leaders (CYL). CCB exceeded its targets as 444 young leaders were trained and then given various opportunities to apply their knowledge by coaching, and organising cricket events at schools and clubs. They were supported throughout by the DCOs providing developmental feedback on their delivery and given opportunities for further training through umpiring and scoring courses. This programme was underpinned by a comprehensive CYL database which was shared with the relevant club network so young leaders could continue their development in the community. Over 60% of these Young Leaders applied their knowledge assisting sessions at focus clubs; becoming role models to even younger members of their club.

From data and feedback showing a drop off of participation at u15 & u18 level, CCB wanted to ensure migration from secondary school to club was prominent. The process was helped by clubs hosting matches and introductory/twilight sessions and the link strengthened by the DCOs' involvement and delivery. In total clubs welcomed over 2000 new participants with 944 of these being secondary school pupils.

There has been a very successful primary school competition framework established since the inception of C2S. This was strengthened further with increased intra and local inter school matches. The County finals saw 32 mixed teams, 24 girls' teams and 12 special schools taking part.

The increase in secondary sports clubs together with training of CYLs helped swell the amount of secondary schools matches. With organisation and officiating by young leaders they helped to increase intra competitions, particularly during lunchtime and after school, for yr 7 & 8 pupils.

Most pleasing was the c2s participation in competitions, at either borough or county level. There were over 50 secondary schools taking part and most doing so at u13 girls, u13 & u15 boys level. This was supported by competitions for the same age groups indoors. A Cheshire school, Altrincham Grammar, reached the national final at u13 boys age group of C2Compete.

Across both projects we targeted 1334 games of cricket being played. At the end of the academic year there were 2717 intra games and 1034 inter school meaning a huge amount of competition - 3751 matches in total. A small deficit was recorded on our indoor targets but this was offset by the huge volume of outdoor games due to the warm and dry weather conditions.

For 2013/14 CCB looks to sustain the current framework and run additional competitions for u15 girls for both indoor and outdoor hardball.
Sustainability in schools involved previously in c2s has been a very high priority. Understanding that and educating and inspiring teachers to deliver cricket will ensure the game remains a regular part of PE.
Building on this, DCOs carried out 320 hours of informal teacher training providing flexibility to staff on when these sessions took place, either during lesson time, group sessions after school or longer informal training at a central event.

On reflecting on the completion of the projects, CCB over achieved on many of its targets. The number of CYLs trained and the sheer volume of competition were clear indicators that migration was going to be high and so it proved. CCB delivered/invested an additional 26K into the c2s programme giving further evidence that it can deliver an effective high volume programme.

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EXCITED youngsters throughout Cheshire are relishing the prospect of more high quality coaching and competition delivered by the Cheshire Cricket Board in partnership with Chance to Shine.

Sessions at many Cheshire primary and secondary schools are already underway following the conclusion of the hugely influential 2011/12 programme, which saw more than 27,000 children take part in cricket through curriculum lessons and structured competition.

This culminated in a number of high profile achievements for the county, including a first ever win for Cheshire in the national ASDA Kwik Cricket finals, as Chance to Shine school Upton Priory from Macclesfield lifted the Under 11 Mixed trophy.

There was also national recognition for Cheshire from ECB Disabilities manager Ian Martin following the appointment of Chris Edwards, the England Learning Difficulties player who became the first member of his national squad to gain professional employment from a County Board. Chris will attend a gala dinner at Lord's later month to mark the annual Chance to Shine Achievement Awards after collecting a nomination in the "special recognition" category.

Schools cricket coaching in Cheshire is funded by the Cricket Foundation through Chance to Shine, a nationwide coaching scheme which aims to deliver cricket to a third of all state schools by 2015.
Through a dedicated team of Coaching and Development Officers, the Cheshire Cricket Board delivers a comprehensive year-round programme of activities which aims to encourage children to pursue their passion outside the school gates.
In 2011/12, the CCB delivered 1,000 hours of curriculum coaching and 1,500 hours of intra (in house) matches at primary and secondary venues around the county. Despite the wet summer and several postponements, there were 1,044 inter school matches that took place.
And to promote the sustainability of cricket in educational settings, some 450 teachers received training from CCB staff in how to deliver high quality coaching sessions.

Since the Cricket Foundation launched C2S in 2005, Cheshire have now delivered more than 17,000 hours of cricket-related activity to schools. This impressive figure highlights an ongoing commitment from the Cheshire Cricket Board to enriching the lives of young people within the county, as Director of Cricket Richard Newton explained.
"This has been another very successful year in partnership with Chance to Shine, thanks to the hard work of our coaching staff and the enthusiasm of both pupils and teachers," he said.
"There have been many challenges, not least the terrible weather we have had, but even that has failed to dampen the spirit of cricket which exists within our county.
"We've had national Kwik Cricket winners for the first time ever, and many other local successes which have been reported on this website and in the national media.
He added: "If cricket clubs are to survive and flourish in future, we must continue to promote the game at grass roots level and do all we can to create opportunities to participate.
"Thanks to continued support from the Cricket Foundation, we are able to deliver a high quality programme to school children in Cheshire and we hope this continues well into the future."

Gareth Moorhouse, Marketing Communications Manager

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