International facilities services group OCS is continuing its support for the ‘Chance to Shine’ programme, a scheme now in its fifth year which recognises the power of cricket to help young people acquire important skills, values and attitudes for their future life.
Held at the Brit Oval, home to Surrey County Cricket Club, the competition saw 11 schools from across the county reach the finals day on 5th July. Of the 11 schools, 3 were special schools that entered the new disabled category to battle it out for a trophy.
Whyteleafe primary school took first place, followed by Lingfield primary school and St Nicholas primary school who took 2nd and 3rd place respectively. In the Disability category The Abbey School came 1st and The Park School came 2nd.
The Cricket Foundation launched Chance to Shine in May 2005 and set out to bring competitive cricket - and its educational benefits - back to at least a third of the country’s state schools over a ten year period.
Andy Johnson, sports teacher from Whyteleafe primary school said that the day was beneficial to the children, “Team games build loyalty and a common bond between the children. It’s great that they have the opportunity to be picked by coaches at the Oval and it’s a fun day out for them.
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 £260,000 to over 150 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.