Middleton Cricket Club host taster cricket day for West Sussex schools
On the 24th of June, Middleton Cricket club held what could only be explained as a wonderful day! 80 children with both learning and physical disabilities assembled excitably at Middleton expecting to be given a taste of cricket, many for the first time. 8 schools were represented from the Worthing, Littlehampton and Arundel areas, some special schools and some mainstream who have only a few children with disabilities.
Sandy Fell (from Littlehampton academy) organised a team of teachers from the schools, young cricket coaches from Middleton Sports Club and Sussex County Cricket Club. There were 8 stations, all with a dedicated coach, each showing the kids one of the many skills of cricket. There was obviously bowling, catching, batting and fielding but one of the most popular stations was the Bola soft ball bowling/fielding machine (funded by Lord's Taverners) which every child loved using. It was such a great tool to help the children learn about the game, and think that they were part of something really interesting.
Inside the clubhouse there was a competitive game of Table Cricket being played, it was great to see so much enthusiasm but as importantly, skill that many of the players showed. Several children tried it for the first time, I am sure they were hooked almost straight away by the beaming smiles that we all witnessed. Middleton are in the process of setting up a table cricket section later this year, apparently one of the first club's in the country to do so.
All in all it was a great day, wheelchairs whizzing round the outfield, howls of laughter when things went wrong, but what shone out was how many talented kids there are with disabilities and what great support they showed for each other, it really was a wonderful day!
Middleton will run many more days like this next year, they have spent over £100,000 making the club more accessible to those with disabilities and being more inclusive must be the way forward for the future.
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