Table Cricket continues to go from strength to strength
When Wilson Stuart School from Birmingham were crowed 2017 Lord’s Taverners Table Cricket Champions, it was the culmination of a year which has seen record numbers take part in competition which is set to enter its 20th year.
In 2016-17, the number of county cricket boards participating in the Lord’s Taverners Table Cricket programme increased to 29 with nearly 300 schools involved – that’s just over 7,000 young people regularly playing the sport and the numbers keep on growing.
You can read more about the programme and see how we are giving young people a sporting chance by reading our Table Cricket Programme Annual Report.
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.
Looking forward to the next 12 months, the programme will continue to grow by being delivered by yet more county boards and ensuring more coaches are trained to deliver this fast growing sport.