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Cameras come to The Willows

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The Willows Primary School, Wythenshawe, Manchester have been selected by Chance to Shine to become a national case study to highlight the impact the programme can have on children.

Watch a video below of how Chance to Shine has had a positive impact on the pupils of The Willows.



The Willows is an inner city school and before Chance to Shine was introduced to the school, many of the children hadn’t heard of cricket let alone played the game.

In the past 12 months children from the school have embarked upon a twinning project with Sentinel School in South Africa, a link which continues to go from strength to strength and sees a visit from staff from South Africa to The Willows in January.

A class of children visited Old Trafford in September for the England Women’s International v West Indies and the men’s International v South Africa and enjoyed participating in the Guard of Honour for both matches.

A weekly free of charge community session also runs at the school which allows local children to continue to play cricket through the winter.

Staff and pupils from The Willows have been rewarded for their excellent work by representing Chance to Shine in their latest case study. In November, a film crew visited school and recorded two Year 3 classes during their curriculum cricket sessions. The afterschool club had an additional surprise to the filming as they were coached and interviewed by England Women’s cricketer Susie Rowe.

The school is now starting to reap the rewards of the Chance to Shine project and has seen significant increases in participation at the afterschool club. There has also been an increase in girls taking part in sport and encouragingly an improvement in behaviour and sportsmanship during cricket lessons.

Rob Tipping (Manchester Cricket Development Coach)

Images on the right with compliments from Richard Swingler (The Willows Primary).

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