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Cricket: Schools

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support his Department has given to the Cricket Foundation's Chance to Shine initiative to increase active participation in school cricket. (207719)

Support for the Chance to Shine initiative is provided through Sport England and the National Sports Foundation (NSF). Sport England advises that £2.5 million was awarded by the NSF to the scheme. All of this had been paid out by the end of the 2007-08 financial year. £2 million was also awarded to the scheme by Sport England for the funding period December 2005 to March 2007. All of this money has been paid out.

I attended the launch of Chance to Shine's Big Run Chase on 20 May this year, which encourages young people to get involved in cricket.