OCS Helps Give Young People 'Chance To Shine'
International facilities services group OCS has continued its support for Chance to Shine, a scheme now in its fourth year which recognises the power of cricket to help young people acquire important skills, values and attitudes for their future life. Surrey Cricket and associated clubs run a cricket project, including some 70 county primary schools, where one school from each project has the opportunity to compete at the OCS Chance to Shine Finals Day at the Brit Oval, London.
“As well as having the fantastic opportunity to play at the Brit Oval, the kids have learnt to work as a team and it’s raised the profile of cricket, especially amongst the girls,” said a senior teacher from St Dunstan’s in Cheam, one of the schools involved in the scheme. One of the pupils, Charlotte, explained, “As well as having a great time, it’s taught us to work together and helped us think about making decisions.”
The Cricket Foundation launched Chance to Shine to bring competitive cricket and its educational benefits to at least a third of the country’s state schools over 10 years. OCS is also committed to supporting sport for young people at grass roots level and runs the OCS Young Sports Person Awards with the charity SportsAid. Since the awards began in 1998, OCS has made sports bursaries in excess of £235,000 to over 100 deserving young people and, over the last 30 years, SportsAid has supported in excess of 1,500 able bodied and disabled young sports people each year.