Primary Schools Affiliation Programme
Educating Through Cricket.
The LCB welcomes the announcement by the Prime Minister and Government’s commitment to invest directly into sport within Primary Schools. Making sure boys and girls of all abilities receive quality physical education at the earliest ages is essential and Cricket can play a key part in meeting this challenge. The Lancashire Cricket Board already delivers Cricket Foundation’s Chance to Shine initiatives within schools along with teacher training programmes and boys and girls have access to competitive match play opportunities through ASDA Kwik Cricket Competitions both indoors and outdoors.
We want all young people to lead active, healthy lives and we have a proven track record of delivering cricket coaching to nearly 300,000 children in primary and secondary schools countywide. Over 20,000 competitive matches have taken place and almost 1,000 teachers have gone through teacher training programmes. We trust that this funding will help schools sustain the delivery of cricket programmes and therefore allow us to carry on delivering quality learning experience for children at a Primary School level.
Primary Schools Affiliation Programme
To support the development that has already taken place the LCB have devised a Primary Schools Affiliation Programme that has many benefits for primary schools.
We are proud of the amount of cricket activity that now takes place in and after school as a result of our coaching for schools programmes. Coaching is delivered by our team of our highly qualified, professional coaches who are very experienced in working in educational settings. Our coaches create a learning environment that is safe, friendly and fun. All our coaches are DBS/CRB cleared and have a clear understanding of the national curriculum for PE and will work alongside with teachers to maximise their learning.
We believe strongly in the power of competition. Life is competitive and young people need to learn at an early age how to win and how to lose graciously. Pupils become more engaged and organise matches themselves in the playground at break time. It improves classroom behaviour as schools make this a requirement if pupils want to participate in cricket competitions. Also this helps pupils develop important life skills such as leadership, teamwork, cooperation and it improves self-confidence. It is wholly inclusive, drawing together people from all cultures and backgrounds. It gives opportunities to boys and girls, as well as those with disabilities.
Teachers are the key to the success of our coaching programmes. The more engaged they are, the more likely that cricket will continue in schools. That’s why we place great importance on teacher training, both formal and informal.
Our professional cricket coaches work closely with teachers to pass on their knowledge and give them the confidence to run their own sessions at school. This is particularly important in primary schools where there are fewer specialist sports teachers.
The formal ‘Cricket for Teachers’ course will be made available to your school and you will receive the programme learning resources. The informal part of the program will see you put your newly found knowledge into practice through supporting our coaches during the coaching sessions at your school.
Great value for money
The Lancashire Cricket Board Primary Schools Affiliation package is available to all Primary Schools with a huge range of benefits. The basic package includes:
- Meeting your school’s National Curriculum targets for PE
- Six weeks in curriculum coaching programme for your school (6 Hours)
- Entry to all LCB outdoor and indoor competitions (including ASDA Kwik cricket competitions)
- Teachers Training (formal & informal) - Cricket for Teachers Course
- ECB Teachers Resource
- Linking your school with your local cricket clubs
- Access to a FREE soft ball (Kwik Cricket) Equipment Bag
- Free tickets to visit LCCC, Emirates Old Trafford to watch County matches
NB: Bespoke packages for schools are also available with extra hours of coaching.
In addition, all affiliated schools will be entered into a draw every 4 months to receive:
- School assembly visits from the LCB with Lanky ‘the Mascot’
- Thunderbolts memberships (junior season tickets)
For further information and how your school can be part of this programme, please contact Rudra Singh (Education Manager) on 07764 922841 or [email protected].