Bleak Hill Have Lord’s Reward
Bleak Hill School from St Helens were chosen to represent Lancashire Cricket Board in the Chance to Shine Two Millionth Child Celebration Cricket Tournament at Lord’s.
This was in recognition of them fully embracing the Chance to Shine Programme within their school and winning the County Year 6 Finals last year. The Chance to Shine concept was launched in 2005 with the aim of bringing competitive cricket including its education and social benefits to state school children across England and Wales.
The tournament was hosted at the MCC Cricket Academy at Lord’s Cricket Ground. A member of the current England Women’s Cricket team mentored each of the eight teams, Danielle Hazell, England Women off-spinning all-rounder, mentored the school, who got off to a great start winning their first 3 games making sure they made the Final where they were narrowly beaten.
During the day the children also got to meet current England cricket stars Steven Finn and Graham Swann, an experience to remember! Finally to cap off the day there was the opportunity to tour the famous Lord's cricket ground including the state of the art media centre and attend a drinks reception in the Nursery Pavilion, where they also had the opportunity to meet Sir Mervyn King and Mark Nicholas who along with Duncan Fearnley had launched the Chance to Shine Campaign eight years ago.
For Bleak Hill School this caps an impressive few years of sporting highlights which have included competing at Twickenham, The Emirates and now Lord's.
Simon Rossiter (Events Manager at Cricket Foundation) praised the children at Bleak Hill and commented: "I would also like to add that the attitude, enthusiasm and behaviour the children showed on the day was fantastic and a great credit to the school. I hope the school will continue to support Chance to Shine."
Chris Chambers (LCB Cricket Development Coordinator for St Helens) added: “The children were a credit to the school, St Helens and the Lancashire Cricket Board. They performed really well on the day reaching the final and this experience is one they will never forget. Many thanks to Chance to Shine for organising the day.”
Watch 2 Millionth Child Celebration video done by Chance to Shine below.