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Every primary and secondary school in the district of Bolsover is to receive expert cricket coaching thanks to a £7,000 investment designed to introduce young people to the sport.

Bolsover Council, its School Sports Partnership, and Whitwell, Glapwell, Shirebrook, Langwith and Clowne cricket clubs have all committed to be part of Derbyshire Cricket Board’s community programme, ‘Chance to Shine’.

All parties have agreed to pay a share of the £7,000 it will cost to fund the board’s level two coaches, who will dedicate thousands of hours to the project.

Bolsover Council cabinet member for social inclusion, Coun Ann Syrett, said: “This coaching programme is the largest the district has ever seen, with 3,000 youngsters already receiving nearly 300 hours of expert coaching.

“Cricket often gets pushed aside for sports such as football and rugby, but we hope this coaching will revitalise the sport and encourage more people to take part and join their local club.”

Anyone interested in getting involved this summer and who would like to join one of the district’s cricket clubs, can visit www.bolsover.gov.uk/club-development or call the sports development team on 01246 593064.