Heather Knight launches Cricket for Good

17 May 2017

By: Sport Industry Group

England captain and Chance to Shine ambassador Heather Knight has launched the new International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket For Good school resource with UNICEF and Chance to Shine.

Knight visited Hague Primary School in East London to meet young girls and boys ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup taking place across England and Wales in June and July.

Heather’s visit helped to launch a new classroom based educational resource, which has been developed by UNICEF UK, Chance to Shine, and the Youth Sport Trust, under the ICC Cricket for Good banner, and uses cricket to support learning and promote awareness of the rights of children around the world.

The new education resource is available for any school around the world to download from the ICC website, and contains a six-week, cricket-based curriculum, which combines opportunities for pupils to get active, develop cricket skills, undertake projects and learn about the rights of children everywhere. 

Alongside the launch of the new Cricket for Good educational resource, the ICC, UNICEF UK, and Chance to Shine will also work together this summer to deliver a series of opportunities for schoolchildren to engage directly with the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup.

On match days, local schools will be invited to provide pupils to act as team mascots and flag bearers as part of every national anthem ceremony, while 16 schools will get the chance to take part in a special Cricket for Good coaching clinic, with pupils attending session led by some of the best players in the world from the participating teams.

Heather Knight said: “We have a massive opportunity to inspire children this summer during the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup. The schools resource from the UNICEF, Chance to Shine and the Youth Sport Trust is a great way to bring cricket into the classroom and help children learn about their rights at school.

“I know I would have loved a cricket-themed lesson when I was a kid! I’d urge all primary school teachers to get involved and download this free resource.”