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 placed 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 Final 2017 Winners: Wilson Stuart School, Birmingham
Table Cricket County Competition 2017/18 confirmed dates and venues:
PLEASE BE AWARE THE FOLLOWING DATES AND VENUES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CONFIRM PRIOR TO ATTENDING.
- Norfolk (1), venue: The Norman Centre, Norwich (24 November)
- Somerset (1), venue: Mendip School (5 December 2017)
- Lancashire (1), venue: Emirates Old Trafford (5 December 2017)
- Dorset (1), venue: Wey Valley Indoor Tennis Centre, Weymouth (6 December 2017)
- Somerset (2), venue: Somerset County Cricket Club (7 December 2017)
- Lancashire (2), venue: Emirates Old Trafford (7 December 2017)
- Northumberland (1), venue: Willowburn Leisure Centre (schools North) (12 December 2017)
- Derbyshire (1), venue: Ashgate Croft School (16 January 2018)
- Derbyshire (2), venue: Royal School for the Deaf (17 January 2018)
- Derbyshire (3), venue: Stanton Vale School (18 January 2018)
- Yorkshire (west), venue: Denhale Centre, Wakefield (18 January 2018)
- Durham (south), venue: Education Village, Darlington (25 January 2018)
- Norfolk (2), venue: The Norman Centre, Norwich (26 January 2018)
- Sussex (west), venue: Angmering School (26 January 2018)
- Dorset (2), venue: The Gange School, Christchurch (30 January 2018)
- Berkshire, venue: Newbury College (30 January 2018)
- Oxfordshire, venue: Bicester and North Oxford CC (31 January 2018)
- Shropshire, venue: Southall School, Telford (31 January 2018)
- Cheshire, venue: Orford Hub, Warrington (31 January 2018)
- Lincolnshire, venue: North Lindsey College, Scunthorpe (31 January 2018)
- Gloucestershire, venue: University of the West of England Sport Centre (1 February 2018)
- Cornwall, venue: Cornwall Cricket Centre (1 February 2018)
- Middlesex (1), venue: The Vale School, Haringey (5 February 2018)
- Essex, venue: Columbus College Sports Hall (6 February 2018)
- Hertfordshire, venue: Londsdale School, Stevenage (6 February 2018)
- Kent, venue: The Pavilion, The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury (6 February 2018)
- Yorkshire (East), venue: Kingsmill School, Driffield (7 February 2018)
- Warwickshire, venue: Edgbaston Indoor School (7 February 2018)
- Wiltshire, venue: Crowdys Hill School (9 February 2018)
- Hampshire, venue: The Ageas Bowl (9 February 2018)
- Staffordshire (1), venue: Rugeley Leisure Centre (12 February 2018)
- Staffordshire (2), venue: Westcroft Special School (13 February 2018)
- Worcestershire, date and venue TBC
- Staffordshire (3), venue: Watermill Special School (14 February 2018)
- Nottinghamshire, venue: Nottingham Trent University (15 February 2018)
- Sussex (east), venue: County Ground, Hove (20 February 2018)
- Leicester, venue: Gateway College, Hamilton (22 February 2018)
- Middlesex (2), venue: Gerge Green's School, Isle of Dogs (22 February 2018)
- Suffolk, venue: Copleston High School (26 February 2018)
- Northumberland (2), venue: Queen Elizabeth School, Hexham (26 February 2018)
- Isle of Wight, venue: Newclose County Cricket Ground (28 February 2018)
- Yorkshire (south), venue: Paces School, Sheffield (28 February 2018)
- Devon, venue: Devon Cricket Centre, Exeter University (1 March 2018)
- Cumbria, venue: Penrith Sports Centre (7 March 2018)
- Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire, venue: Inspire Sports Centre, Luton (7 March 2018)
- Durham (north), venue: Riverside ICG, Chester-le-Street (8 March 2018)
- Scotland, venue: Bell Sports Centre, Perth (13 March 2018)
- Surrey, venue: Castle Sports Centre, Elephant & Castle (16 March 2018)
There is now a scoring app available for you to download for Apple iOS and Android devices. Please use the links below to find out more and download.
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.
CASE STUDY: Vicky Ellins
Vicki started Table Cricket at the beginning of 2003 and that year her school were victorious at the National Final for the first time. She was dedicated to the sport and never missed a game from the moment she started playing and went on to be awarded 10 table cricket medals one of which was a Select XI medal. Vicki completed a BTEC Level 2 Sports Diploma at Brockenhurst College in 2012 and from there went travelling around South America, spending five days in the jungle and offering support to families in need. Vicki now plays Boccia and won her first medal this year, also managing to make team captain after a short time.
Table cricket resources:
For more details about the programme please email Sarah Train, Disability Sports Project Manager, or call 020 7025 0033.