Young people with disabilities are often the least likely to have access to, or participate in, sport of any kind. 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.
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.
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.
National Table Cricket Regional Competitions 2017
Wales: SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff - 15 February
North West: Old Trafford, Manchester - 25 April
Yorkshire: Headingley, Leeds - 26 April
South East: Sussex Cricket Club, Hove - 3 May
South West: Exeter University, Exeter - 4 May
North East: Durham University Sports Centre, Durham - 9 May
West Midlands: Edgbaston, Birmingham - 10 May
East Midlands: Loughborough University, Loughborough - 11 May
East Anglia: Newmarket Leisure Centre, Newmarket - 16 May
London: Fusion TTC, Bermondsey - 18 May
National final: Nursery Pavilion, Lord's Cricket Ground - 9 June
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 contact Ana Hickey on 020 7025 0033, or email her.