Lord’s Taverners Launch Pan Disability Table Cricket Development Programme

3rd Nov 2015
Lord’s Taverners Launch Pan Disability Table Cricket Development Programme

Table cricket has seen a positive development over the past 10 years and has helped many young people with a disability to engage in sport and recreation. When table cricket was developed it was aimed at young people with severe physical disabilities who were unable to access other sporting activities. The table cricket competition provided schools with a competitive structure to allow children to compete and develop skills that are associated with sport and recreation. 

As the organisation responsible for the strategic development of table cricket, Lord’s Taverners commissioned some in-depth research to better understand how to improve the effectiveness of the programme that is currently available. The disability landscape has vastly changed in recent years and today many children with physical disabilities (PD) are now integrated into mainstream schools and special needs schools cater for a far wider range of special needs. It is with this in mind that Lord’s Taverners have developed a fully inclusive pan disability table cricket programme aimed at both schools and community groups who cater for young people up to the age of 25.

Going forward
The Lord’s Taverners will be working with a number of County Cricket Boards to increase participation of table cricket nationwide. Our focus is to initially engage with schools and community groups not playing table cricket to get them active. Whilst schools who are already playing table cricket will be able to access local support and greater competitive opportunities. In addition there will be a drive to increase the number of volunteers involved in table cricket, availability of affordable equipment and resources as well as the number of people regularly playing the game. Stronger links will be established between community clubs and schools providing a sustainable pathway for players. For the first time, all of the fantastic work taking place around the UK will be streamlined to make sure all table cricket activity is interconnected and more young people with a disability have the same opportunities.

For contact details of your local County Boards please email disabilitycricket@lordstaverners.org.

This year the focus is on encouraging more groups to play table cricket and to develop the game. The competition will no longer carry the same format as previously. During 2016 the competition will be localised with regular inter-school competitions and a county competition in partnership, where possible with the local County Cricket Board. There will be a table cricket day at Lord’s in the summer of 2016, but for this year only, the pathway to this will not necessarily be dependent on County Competitions. Instead this may be done on an invitational basis.

As we move towards 2017 Lord’s Taverners will relaunch the National Table Cricket Competition as part of the development programme. This will start with local county competitions in partnership with the County Cricket Board in January-March 2017. Qualifiers from County Level competition will progress to a Regional Competition in April – July 2017 with a Grand National Final taking place in October 2017. This will encompass far more teams from all over the UK and will give more disabled people an opportunity for competition

Click here to see the new competition structure.

All classification details and the latest rule changes can be viewed here.

Full details on the new ramp rule can be found here.

Other Table Cricket Activities

The Table Cricket Community League - Organised directly by CP Sport there are 26 leagues entered in the 2015 TCCL. The league runs from June-November, with a national final taking place in December. The community league creates an opportunity outside of school to allow athletes to continue playing table cricket within their local community and experience competition at a national level. For more information then please contact Rachel Ward at CP Sport: rachel.ward@cpsport.org

Wheelpower conduct an annual National Junior Games and some Junior Camp days throughout the year at Stoke Mandeville, Bucks. On these occasions another version of TC is conducted. This is TC 20 in which one person bats against another bowling for 20 balls each – and then change over. This saves the problem of having to have complete teams to play a game of TC - www.wheelpower.org.uk

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