ENGLAND Ashes hero Geraint Jones will be inspiring the next generation of Kent cricketers in 2013 thanks to a new role with the Kent Cricket Board.

Jones will be one of the first male Chance to Shine ambassadors in the country and the role will see him attend schools and clubs throughout the year to help introduce children to the game.

He will be assisting Kent Cricket Board in the delivery of high quality spring and summer term coaching and competition programmes within existing schools and to primary and secondary schools across Kent.

Jones will be delivering school assemblies and spreading the word of cricket in local schools.

During these assemblies he will be taking Q&A sessions and coaching school children from around the county.

In addition to this, the cricket star will be joining the Kent cricket development officers in attending schools for national cricket day events in Kent and attending club coaching sessions delivering cricket to their members.

The aim of the Kent Cricket school programme is to inspire children and their teachers to experience the game, to develop the children’s life skills and sporting potential, and to create a legacy for the future.

Jones said: “As a child I was always inspired when I had the chance to meet a sporting hero.

“Becoming a Chance to Shine ambassador is a fantastic platform for me now to do the inspiring.

“I am eagerly looking forward to 2013 and getting the opportunity to travel round Kent to meet and work with kids from all over the county.”

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