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Through our work with schools via our Primary School Programme and Chance to Shine, Durham school competition entries into cricket competitions continue to rise. We support and organise a range of competitions in partnership with our local School Games Organisers.
Kwik Cricket is often the first cricket competition played in schools. It is the main competition for primary schools and feeds from area competitions to County Finals. In Durham we focus on Mixed Year 6 and Girls Year 6 competitions. Festivals are held throughout the Summer term. Kwik Cricket is an excellent introduction to cricket and allows every participant the opportunity to play.
We work closely with clubs in Durham to host Kwik Cricket Festivals to maximise the migration from school cricket to club cricket.
Our first cricket competition of the calendar year is the Lady Taverners Indoor Competition which is ran at Year 8 and Year 10 age groups for girls. This competition has grown in popularity in recent years alongside the growth in the female game. We have local events leading into County Finals. Our County winners then go forward into a regional final and ultimately, if successful, into the National Final at Lords.
The competitions provide a framework to play at both an informal and more competitive level, with a clear progression pathway to local clubs and development programmes.
Chance to Compete is a series of secondary school outdoor and Indoor competitions which we run through our Chance to Shine programme. The aims are to give secondary state school children an opportunity to play competitive cricket. Matches are played in under an hour and all participants play a significant part in the game.
For 2017 there will be two different age group competitions at U13/U15’s Mixed and U13 Girls. Schools will play locally in groups leading through to County, regional and national finals.
We run a county-wide Secondary schools hardball cricket competitions. These are mixed competitions for Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10. The competitions are knockout competitions where our winners play in a county final during early September.