Less clashes and more Ashes

28th August 2009 at 01:00

It may come as news to observers of this summer's Ashes series, but researchers have found that despite the sledging in the slips and the boo-boys on the terraces, cricket has not lost its civilising influence.

A study on a scheme that promotes cricket among young people in inner cities found it improves behaviour and encourages teamwork.

The study, carried out by academics at Loughborough University, examined the impact of StreetChance, a project launched last year in 10 London boroughs.

StreetChance uses a modified tennis ball - covered with electrical tape to make it behave like a cricket ball - in 20-ball-a-side games, and so far has involved about 7,000 young people.

As well as stopping the participants from hanging around street corners, researchers found the game promoted teamwork and improved behaviour. Tolerance and discipline increased among the players. So next time there's trouble brewing in class, get the cricket bats out. Or maybe not.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now