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Pakistan players give local children Chance to Shine

The boys and girls from a local school had an opportunity to play a mini-match with the players from the Pakistan side on the outfield at The Oval cricket ground

Pakistan players give local children Chance to Shine - Cricket News
Cricketers Asad Shafiq , Abdur Rehman , Nasir Jamshed with other members of the Pakistan Team pose with children from the Curwen Primary School.
Pakistan players Abdur Rehman, Asad Shafiq and Nasir Jamshed today took part in a coaching clinic with 19 children from a local London primary school, Curwen Primary School, as part of the ICC’s local CSR partnership with Chance to Shine for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.
The boys and girls from the local school had an opportunity to warm-up and play a mini-match with the players from the Pakistan side on the outfield at The Oval cricket ground while afterwards they had a chance to ask the stars questions about how they got into playing cricket and why it is such a good sport to take part in.
‘Chance to Shine’ which is aided by the UK-based charity the Cricket Foundation works regularly with the England and Wales Cricket Board. The charity’s ideal is bring cricket back to schools across the UK, before the Cricket Foundation launched the schools’ cricket programme in 2005, fewer than 10% of state schools played competitive cricket. ‘Chance to Shine’ is now running in 7,000 schools and 2 million children have enjoyed cricket opportunities as a result.
The programme is not just about cricket, young people involved in the programme are developing essential life skills and values, such as leadership, discipline, teamwork and understanding how to win and lose.
Asad Shafiq said about taking part in the clinic: “It was a really great hour we got to spend with the kids this afternoon, giving them tips on how to play better cricket and also tell them a little bit about ourselves and how we became involved in the sport.
“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to give back to the communities we come to visit with our cricket, whether it’s at home or abroad.”
Nasir added: “I really enjoyed today, we got to spend some time with some fantastic kids who are learning about how great cricket can be as a sport and Chance to Shine are doing a great job to make sure cricket is being played from a young age in schools in the UK.”
Chance to Shine Regional Manager for London and East, Richard Dawin added: “Today was brilliant, to have a group of children from an East London primary school have the chance to meet three of the members of the Pakistan cricket team was wonderful. They have really been inspired by that experience, you could really see on their faces how much they were enjoying it.
“Chance to Shine being a charity, we are of course trying to raise money and make sure the programme from strength to strength, so being able to partner with an organization like the ICC that really is priceless to us, because of the exposure the ICC has and the size of the ICC Champions Trophy, it’s a fantastic opportunity.”
Chance to Shine will be partnering with two of the ICC’s matches during the tournament, India v West Indies at The Oval on 11 June and then Australia v New Zealand on 12 June in Edgbaston.
There will be two more Chance to Shine coaching clinics, one with Australia in Birmingham and one with Sri Lanka in London later in the tournament.
For more information on Chance to Shine, please visit www.chancetoshine.org

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