It's National Cricket Week!

Once a year, thousands of children in England and Wales get stuck into a great big celebration of cricket. Some have never played before whilst others are already absolutely cricket mad. To kick things off with a bang this year, Chance to Shine helped us find seven really special young cricket fans so we could give them a dream day out. A red carpet tour of Headingley stadium, complete with a behind the scenes tour, their own custom cricket kits and a surprise visit and training session from Yorkshire cricket legend Jonny Bairstow.

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​Encouraging more girls to take up cricket

National Cricket Week is run by the cricket charity Chance to Shine. Each year, it sees thousands of schools and communities across the country will take part in a week of cricket-themed activities to celebrate the sport and encourage children to play and learn through cricket all year round. We've been the partner for five years, and we're proud to say that since 2014, over 4,000 schools have taken part. Today's big event (Tuesday, June 19) is a girls’ cricket festival at Frenchay Cricket Club in Bristol. Girls from across the south west have been invited to come and play cricket and be coached by two inspirational players from the England Women’s Cricket Team, Fran Wilson and Beth Langston.

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