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How the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 can Inspire Primary Pupils

Use England's success in the recent tournament as a way to bowl your students over...

  • How the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 can Inspire Primary Pupils

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 was a huge success, with host nation England emerging victorious in a thrilling final New Zealand. However, the story doesn’t end there; schools across England and Wales can benefit from the global sporting event.

Sports, education and health are intrinsically linked and play a significant role in ensuring a quality education is achieved.

Cricket is one such sport that is becoming increasingly popular in schools as a model that appeals to both boys and girls and teaches them the qualities that are important in contributing not just to a team, but to the wider world outside of the school gates.

Cricket sees 11 players working together and learning to utilise their key strengths. While the game provides important health benefits such as endurance, stamina and coordination, cricket also offers boys and girls a level playing field on which to learn about teamwork, cooperation, communication and how to cope with winning and losing.

A team sport like cricket can engage, motivate and inspire pupils and bring together all communities.

The ICC Cricket World Cup Schools Programme can help get primary school children active in a fun and engaging way. Through the programme, schools are encouraged to:

  1. Host a mini Cricket World Cup at school
    Encourage boys and girls of all abilities to get stuck in and test their cricket skills and fitness levels through sprinting, throwing and endurance with a day-long cricket tournament in the school playing ground or playing field.
  2. Cricket World Cup Celebration dance
    Use the Cricket World Cup film to get kids active at the start of assemblies or lessons. Once kids know the dance you could even get parents and carers involved at pick-up/drop-off time.
  3. Hit the wicket
    Set up a cricket-themed stall at school events, where pupils, parents and staff can practise their bowling skills, which require strength, stamina and persistence. All you need is a wicket, a soft cricket ball and a piece of chalk. Draw a line on the playground floor to show where the bowler must stand. The bowler should aim the ball at the wicket. Assign different points for hitting the wicket or knocking off a bail.

The Schools Programme is part of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) strategic plan, in conjunction with sporting charity Chance to Shine, to use the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to boost cricket participation and help drive the long-term growth of the sport in England and Wales.

Through the course of the academic year, the ICC have used the biggest prize in world cricket to inspire and engage one million young people, aged between five and 12. The Schools Programme has been a key element of this and by the end of the World Cup it had engaged with an estimated 700,000 children.

The power of cricket can never be underestimated in terms of the unique and life-changing opportunities it can offer in developing skills for both boys and girls.

To help schools celebrate the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, the Schools Programme are giving away 500 celebration boxes. Schools can claim their celebration box by emailing schools@cwc19.co.uk and telling the Cricket World Cup what they are going to do to celebrate.

For more information about Cricket World Cup Schools Programme, and to sign up to the teachers’ portal please visit chancetoshine.org/teaching-resources.

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