Last week saw thousands of schools across England and Wales getting involved with Yorkshire Tea National Cricket Week.
It's a week of cricket-themed activity – in class and in the playground - which showcases the ongoing work of national cricket charity, Chance to Shine.
On Monday, one of the legends of modern cricket, Kumar Sangakkara visited a Chance to Shine Street cricket project in Camden. Sangakkara, who is currently playing for Surrey CCC, took part in some Street cricket and gave the young cricketers some of his top batting tips.
On Tuesday, England cricket legend Matt Prior and former England Women’s cricketer Lydia Greenway visited Shoreham Academy. Matt and Lydia surprised the Year 7 and 8 pupils from the school and treated them to day of cricket, including a coaching masterclass and a classroom session focusing on cricket journalism.
Three members of the triumphant 2009 Cricket Women’s World Cup re-united in the glorious Southampton sunshine on Wednesday to inspire the next generation of female cricketers to follow in their footsteps. Charlotte Edwards, Lydia Greenway and Isa Guha joined nearly 100 girls from local primary schools. The festival of cricket saw the Year 6 pupils competing with one another as well as taking part in a special coaching session with the England legends.
On Thursday, two very special guests joined the pupils of Spofforth Primary School in North Yorkshire. James Taylor and Charlotte Edwards hosted a full day of cricket activities at the school with Yorkshire Tea and national cricket charity, Chance to Shine. The day featured a bowl-off, a Junior Journalist workshop and an afternoon of activity at Spofforth Cricket Club with a coaching session and a Q&A.
And on Friday, England Cricket's disability captain Chris Edwards headed to Millwood SEN school in Manchester. There was plenty going on despite a spot of drizzly weather, including some outdoor cricket coaching, a spot of table cricket and a Q&A session.
You can find out more about Chance To Shine here.