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Warner, Hughes and Maxwell go into bat for local children from Birmingham

Australian players interact with three local Birmingham schools as part of ICC Chance to Shine programme

Warner, Hughes and Maxwell go into bat for local children from Birmingham - Cricket News
Phillip Hughes, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell pose with children from local schools as part of the ICC Chance to Shine Programme.
Australian trio David Warner, Phil Hughes and Glenn Maxwell took part in a coaching clinic at Edgbaston on June 6 with three local Birmingham schools as part of the ICC CSR partnership with Chance to Shine during the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

40 children from Chilcote Primary School, Moseley Secondary School and Bishop Challoner Secondary School in the Midlands took part in a series of fielding and mini-cricket sessions led by Chance to Shine coaches from Warwickshire County Cricket Club and at the conclusion of the session the children were able to ask the stars a variety of questions about their careers and how to be a good cricketer.  

‘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.  

Maxwell, who had a couple of balls hit for six into the stands by one child, said post the coaching clinic: “The group I had were a little bit older, they had a few opening bowlers and batters and they have a bright young future, it was an entertaining day seeing the kids with a smile on their faces and it was good to get a break from all the hard training that we have to do. It’s been a very rewarding day and hopefully they got something out of today too and they can take it into their future careers.  

“Charities like Chance to Shine are very important, to maintain the growth of cricket and keeps kids away from computer games and watching TV and out playing sport in the sunshine instead. Cricket is such a great social game where they can meet other kids and really build their social skills and hopefully they can take a lot moving forward.”  

Team-mate Hughes commented: “I really loved today and it seemed like all the kids really loved it too, they all seemed to have a smile on their face and hopefully we’ve made a bit of an impact.  

“I think it’s very important to take an hour or two out of our schedules and do something like this. I am very honoured to be part of the Australian side and to travel to ICC tournaments and to be able to come out on the field and play some cricket with these kids is a great idea, I’m a big believer in these types of events during ICC tournaments.”  

Chance to Shine CEO, Wasim Khan added: "The children have had a truly unforgettable experience today. We pride ourselves on inspiring children to play cricket and playing with the Australian cricketers is something that these children will remember for the rest of their lives. Thanks to Cricket Australia and the ICC for this great opportunity."

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