The Cricket World Cup 2019 to launch a Schools Programme

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The Cricket World Cup is being hosted in England and Wales from Thursday 30 May to Sunday 14 July 2019, and the Schools Programme will be the flagship community programme for the event.

The programme and resources will bring the fun and excitement of the Cricket World Cup into the classroom and playground, enabling teachers to educate young people about cricket, the teams and players who will be taking part in 2019.

Designed to capture the imagination of teachers and young people in the classroom, these six flexible half-termly projects will include lesson and assembly ideas, films, competitions and cross-curricular activities, and will sit on the Chance to Shine Schools’ website: (

There will also be a range of prizes and rewards on offer for all schools who get involved!

Half term 1: Join In


Available September 2018

Get started with our first half-termly project where pupils learn about the values of the Cricket World Cup and the rules of the game. We’ve also developed short cross-curricular cricket-themed challenges for pupils, designed to easily fit in with your existing schemes of work. Pupils can even create and share their own challenges!

Curriculum links: PSHE, Citizenship, Maths, English, PE, Geography

Half term 2: Create a Character


Available September 2018

A national competition to design a character that represents the values of the Cricket World Cup. During this project, pupils explore each value and how they relate to their lives, including people they think champion the values. Pupils then design their own characters and write a character description. There will be a range of prizes on offer, and winning entries will be used to promote the Cricket World Cup.

Curriculum links: PSHE, Citizenship, English

Half term 3: Welcome to Our Area

In this project, pupils think about how they will welcome the Cricket World Cup teams to their area. They start by learning about the different countries taking part, before thinking about how they would welcome teams to their own area of the country. They can submit poems, drawings and photographs of what makes their area special, e.g. local landmarks, cuisine and people. Selected entries will be used to welcome the different teams when they arrive for the tournament.

Curriculum links: Geography, PSHE, Citizenship, English

Half term 4:

Playground Pundits

In this national competition, pupils learn about the art of speaking and commentary, then record their own commentary using our pre-prepared scripts or by using their own words. Winners will get match tickets for their class and the opportunity to record some commentary that will be shown at a Cricket World Cup tournament match! 

Curriculum links: PSHE, Citizenship, English

Half term 5: Good Luck Messages

In the half term before the Cricket World Cup starts, pupils will learn about the different players taking part, including player stats, and get the opportunity to write good luck motivational messages for teams, which will then be given to the players when they arrive.

Curriculum links: PSHE, Citizenship, English, Maths

Half term 6: Let’s Celebrate

Hold your own whole-school event to celebrate the Cricket World Cup using our bunting and poster templates to dress the school, healthy cricket tea recipes, and cricket-themed activity and tournament ideas. It’s a brilliant opportunity to engage parents and get the wider community involved – you could even use it as a theme for your summer fair or sports days. Tell us how you’re planning to celebrate to get more giveaways for your event.

Curriculum links: PSHE, Citizenship, Art and Design, PE