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Chance to Shine Campaign

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what initial assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Chance to Shine campaign; and if she will extend similar schemes to other sports. (87624)

The “Chance to Shine” initiative, a £50 million campaign to improve participation in cricket in state schools and run by the Cricket Foundation, has recently issued its first mid-term report.

In the six weeks since its launch, 33,600 boys and girls have taken part in the schools programme, 7,471 curriculum and extra-curriculum sessions have been delivered and 504 boys and girls in schools involved in the initiative have joined clubs.

It is anticipated that over the next 10 years, “Chance to Shine” will reach a third of all schools in England and Wales.

There are no plans to extend the scheme to other sports.