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.