Ashes School Challenge goes down under for winter Ashes Series

Ashes School Challenge goes down under for winter Ashes Series

ECB Media Release

Ashes School Challenge goes down under for winter Ashes Series

ECB is encouraging more schools to sign up to the Ashes School Challenge this winter as England prepare to take on Australia ‘Down Under’ in the battle for ownership of the famous Ashes urn.

More than 1500 Primary schools nationwide have already signed up to the free interactive educational programme which was launched earlier this year to coincide with England’s home Investec Ashes series against Australia.

The programme, which is also being supported by Chance to Shine and Cricket Australia, is designed to educate children about the Spirit of Cricket and create a legacy for grassroots cricket in England and Australia.

Closely linked to the National Curriculum in each country, the project is based around twenty Ashes themed lesson plans and activities covering a variety of key learning areas such as numeracy, literacy, geography, history, PE, media studies, art and technology.

Schools in the UK will also be invited to take part in a Sister School Challenge where schools can build on the classroom learning by developing a partnership with a school in Australia to study a selected theme from the wider programme.

ECB Managing Director – Cricket Partnerships Mike Gatting said: “We had an excellent response from Primary Schools to this initiative over the summer and this winter’s series will provide a further chance for even more schools both here and in Australia to join the programme.

“There are so many ways in which the Ashes can play a part in the classroom – whether by applying maths skills to the study of scores and averages, understanding how modern cricketers keep fit and healthy, or learning more about cricket’s place in the history and culture of both countries.”

A comprehensive and wide-ranging educational resource kit which will include a DVD is available free to all schools and teachers interested in taking part in the project.

To find out more about the programme, visit and click on the Ashes Schools Challenge section.  For any further enquiries – email

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