Middlesex Cricket is proud to announce that at last night’s annual Chance to Shine awards, the club’s Participation Team were announced as the winners of this year’s Cricket Board of the Year award.
On hand to receive the award were Middlesex Cricket’s Director of Participation, Katie Berry, Participation Manager, Pete Jones, and Participation Officer, Shakeel Ahmed.
The club runs two projects under Chance to Shine - the School programmes and the Street Project. Over the last delivery period - running from October 2018 to September 2019 - members of the Middlesex Participation Team provided sessions to primary schools, teaching pupils how to play cricket alongside academic and life skills, secondary schools, delivering programmes based around leadership, and 27 Street Projects, offering the opportunity to play cricket despite their background or location.
Over the year, 25,022 participants were part of the Chance to Shine school scheme, with 51% of them being female players. A total of 3,953.5 hours were coached - which equates to over 164 days of cricket. On the Street Project, there were 1,140 players who took part in 27 projects – again, the highest number of Street Projects run in the country.
Middlesex Cricket's Participation Manager, Pete Jones, commented:
“We are delighted to have received this award from Chance to Shine. Over the last twelve months the Participation Team have worked extremely hard in schools and Street sessions, inspiring young people to grow a love of cricket across the seventeen boroughs of Middlesex.
“We look forward to working with more schools and community partners in 2020 to continue the growth of cricket in the county.
“A Massive thank you to Chance to Shine for their continued support of our school and Street programme. We look forward to working with them over the next 12 months to inspire more young people.”
Pictured below, from left to right, are Pete Jones, Shakeel Ahmed and Katie Berry, receiving the Chance to Shine award at Lord's last night.