For many young people with a severe physical or learning disability, particularly wheelchair users, participating in cricket and other forms of sport is not possible. Table Cricket provides the opportunity to play in a competitive game of cricket. The emphasis is on teamwork and sportsmanship in an informal and enjoyable environment.
The game is played on a table tennis table. Side panels and sliding fielders are places around the table to create an arena, a small ball and ramp are used to bowl, and a wooden bat enables players to score runs, simulating a game of cricket.
Watch highlights from the 2017 National Table Cricket Finals at Lord's Cricket Ground:
In addition to the obvious health benefits, participation in sport can be life-changing for young people, playing a major role in personal development and social integration. It has been found to improve self-confidence and motivation, expand life skills and independence, enhance communication and social skills, build lasting friendships, and bring families together.
National Table Cricket Regional Competition Winners 2017
Wales: Woodlands School, Cardiff
North West: Samuel Laycock School, Ashton-under-Lyme
Yorkshire: Ralph Thoresby School, Leeds
South East: Angmering School, Angmering
South West: Victoria Education Centre, Poole
North East: Ulverston Victoria High School, Ulverston
West Midlands: Wilson Stuart School, Birmingham
East Midlands: The Beech Academy, Mansfield
East Anglia: Thomas Wolsey School, Ipswich
London: Glebe School, Bromley
National Final Winners: Wilson Stuart School, Birmingham
Invitational Competition 2017:
South West: South Dartmoor Community College, Ashburton
East Midlands: Maplewell Hall School, Loughborough
Eastern: Thriftwood School, Chelmsford
Eastern: The Grange Academy, Bedford
Invitational Winners: Maplewell Hall School, Loughborough
The Lord’s Taverners in partnership with the ECB and the County Cricket Boards, will be embarking on a three year Pan Disability Table Cricket Development Programme with a focus on providing:
• Schools and community groups the opportunity to access quality coaching and training sessions.
• A range of more local competitive opportunities which will feed into a more formal competitive structure.
• Simplified rules and classification process.
• Access to affordable high quality table cricket equipment.
Table Cricket resources:
For more details about the programme please email Charlotte Brooks, Disability Sports Project Manager, or call 020 7025 0033.
CASE STUDY: Vicky Ellins
Vicki started Table Cricket at the beginning of 2003 and that year her school were victorious at the National Final for the first time. She was dedicated to the sport and never missed a game from the moment she started playing and went on to be awarded 10 table cricket medals one of which was a Select XI medal. Vicki completed a BTEC Level 2 Sports Diploma at Brockenhurst College in 2012 and from there went travelling around South America, spending five days in the jungle and offering support to families in need. Vicki now plays Boccia and won her first medal this year, also managing to make team captain after a short time.