CRICKET has moved to the top of the school sporting agenda in Macclesfield thanks to the fantastic work of Cheshire’s Development and Coaching Officer, Colin Grindey.

Primary school pupils in the borough have been thrilled by the coaching offered to them in 2011/12, which has been delivered by Colin in conjunction with major funding partners Chance to Shine.

With the Cheshire Kwik Cricket finals just around the corner, the children are now gearing up for another summer of sunshine (hopefully!) and sixes.


“Cricket with Colin was great because we had lots of fun activities and we learned something new every week,” said Lucy, a Class 3 pupil from Pott Shrigley Church School.

“I looked forward to Wednesdays with Colin because I knew we were learning cricket skills and I loved it,” echoed Niall, from the same class.

Isaac, from Class 2, is already looking forward to Colin’s next visit adding: “PE lessons aren’t going to be the same in future. Colin was a great teacher.”

The feedback was collated by staff teacher Victoria Rippon, who worked alongside Colin to gain some insight into how to deliver effective coaching sessions.

She said: “Chance to Shine is a fabulous scheme and Colin is an asset to the team. He manages the children extremely well, particularly with the mixed year groups, ensuring all children are making progress but also having lots of fun!

“Very many thanks for all your hard work Colin.”


Down the road at St Albans’s RC Primary School, the picture looked exactly the same.

“We have been really pleased with the Chance to Shine programme delivered to us by Colin Grindey,” said class teacher J Ceuppens.

“The children thoroughly enjoy the experience he offers and are fully engaged with the programme.

She added: “Colin is always professional and reliable and his teaching skills and methods are excellent. He is able to engage all the children in the sport.”


ECB Level Three coach Colin Grindey is the Board’s Development and Coaching Officer for Macclesfield, delivering a quality year-round programme to schools, clubs and community groups.