Thursday 17 October 2013 

Rankin Launches Chance to Shine Programme Ahead of Ashes Tour


Children from Bentley Heath Primary School, near Solihull, wished Warwickshire’s Boyd Rankin the best of luck for his upcoming Ashes tour with England as the fast bowling ace visited to launch the Warwickshire Cricket Board’s Chance to Shine 2013/14 programme.

Boyd, who departs for Australia next Wednesday, took part in a Q&A and bowling master class with the year six pupils as part of the Chance to Shine programme, which promotes more cricket opportunities being delivered by state schools.

Speaking at the school, Boyd said: “I started playing cricket as an eight-year-old with my local club and it’s always been my dream to to play Test Match cricket. There’s no bigger Test Series in world cricket than the Ashes, so to realise the dream in Australia would be fantastic.

“It’s great to be able to pass on some advice to the youngsters here today and to see how much they’ve progressed with coaching in 30 minutes is very impressive. Hopefully by working with the Warwickshire Cricket Board they’ll get even more opportunities to play and develop their skills in the game.”

Kelly Evenson, Cricket Development Manager for Primary Schools at the Warwickshire Cricket Board, said: “Affiliating to our Chance to Shine programme gives a primary schools several coaching sessions, entry in to our festival competitions, one place on our teacher cricket training course and tickets to a Warwickshire match amongst other things.

“We’re committed to giving as many opportunities as possible for children to play the game and having a Warwickshire and England star like Boyd here at Bentley Heath is a great inspiration and highlights what can be achieved in cricket.”

For further information on Chance to Shine, please contact Kelly Evenson at the Warwickshire Cricket Board on 0121 446 3652 or emailing

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