Giving young people the chance to shine

Participating in team sports is known to support a young person’s physical and social development. It is a key area of focus for the Foundation and one of the reasons it formed a five-year partnership with Chance to Shine, a national charity working in targeted schools and communities to change young lives through cricket. A £500,000 grant is helping Chance to Shine expand its core cricket programmes in primary and secondary schools in Westminster and Chester and deliver all-year-round Street projects in disadvantaged communities.

In addition to the physical benefits of regular activity, the charity sends specialist cricket coaches to schools to teach children important life skills that will help them beyond the playground, including respect, fair play, communication, leadership, and perseverance.

By giving young people access to play cricket, Chance to Shine’s programmes hugely boost the self-confidence of those who may otherwise not engage in sport. Since they were founded in 2005, they have inspired six million children across England, Wales and Scotland. The Westminster Foundation’s grant will help them reach thousands more. 


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