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Table Cricket is a hit in Guernsey
Last week the Guernsey Sports Commission attended a coaching session organised by Guernsey Cricket. The session was led by Mark Dowling, the current Table Cricket National Development Officer, and Sophie Mackie, from The Lord's Taverners who helped deliver the session to 10 local coaches.
Mike Gatting, Trustee of The Lord’s Taverners, said: “Table Cricket provides young people with disabilities with the opportunity to compete in a competitive game of cricket. The emphasis is on teamwork and sportsmanship in a fun and enjoyable environment”.
Mark Dowling, said: “Table cricket is an adapted form of the game for physically disabled players and it is basically cricket on top of a table tennis table”. Whilst it was Marks first visit to the Island he found the coaches on-island friendly and positive and hopes that if a couple of teams are formed they can be entered into a regional heat structure.
The morning coaching session taught coaches about the game, its origins, scoring, umpiring and knowledge of the development programme. Coaches were able to gain first hand experience of setting up a game and then the tactics used within the games to score runs.
Mark added: “Hopefully after todays session they feel more comfortable delivering themselves and there can be a legacy once we have left”.
The Lord’s Taverners have left a couple of sets of equipment for use on the island by coaches and clubs looking to try this unique version of cricket that teaches youngsters the benefits of teamwork, tactics, sportsmanship and respect.