Chance to Shine.

Evaluation of a Secondary Schools Girls Programme aiming to enhance girls’ engagement with sport.

This programme aims to increase girls’ engagement in cricket and physical activity and to develop key employability and leadership skills. The programme provides welcoming, informal clubs which appeal to secondary school girls. The evaluation draws upon quantitative and qualitative sources to explore how the programme impacts girls’ engagement, leadership, motivations and barriers towards cricket.

Key Findings

  • A significant increase was found in the number of girls who think they are good at playing cricket between the start and end of programme engagement
  • The number of afterschool participants who were ‘active everyday’ significantly increased between the start and end of the programme
  • Significant increases in confidence, resilience and creativity were measured in the End of Project Survey
  • Increases in confidence were noted as benefits in all schools visited, and this was reported by both teaching staff and coaches. Girls also recognised increases in their own confidence and the importance this may have for their future
  • At the end of the programme, 55% of leaders felt very confident leading activities, 87% say they like to lead activities ‘a little’ or ‘a lot’ and 88% say they have led or helped out with cricket activities ‘a little’ or ‘a lot’

It’s helped improve my confidence. If I go into something with sport, it will probably be with younger children, so I can use the leadership skills I’ve learned with the kids.” – Year 10 Leader

Date: 2019

Client: Chance to Shine Foundation

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