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Table Cricket

Table cricket is our inclusive schools offer to mainstream SEN departments and specialist SEN schools.

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.

Table Cricket Offer

Our Table Cricket programmes takes place from September through to February half-term, where qualified cricket coaches deliver weekly sessions at your school. The programme is open to both Special Schools and Mainstream SEN, which provides young people with a disability the chance to play the sport we all love.

Our coaching sessions prepare teams to join us at our County Table Cricket Competitions, which take places annually in January/February and allow students to put their skills to the test against other schools in a friendly and safe environment. Competition winners have the opportunity to progress to the Lord’s Taverners Regional and National Table Cricket Finals, with the latter taking place at Lords Cricket Ground, the home of cricket.

Alongside the enjoyment of playing the game and competing, table cricket has been shown to develop teamwork and social skills among players. It  also helps coordination and cognitive skills. The game is played by young people with both learning and physical disabilities. It enables young people to understand tactics, draw the best out of team players and to build a social life. For the young volunteers involved in coaching and umpiring, table cricket helps to develop self-confidence, leadership skills and enhances their future employment prospects.

If you would like more information or would like to be a school selected for the programme, please email steve.gass@somersetcricketboard.org 

For more information on Table Cricket please visit the Lord’s Taverners website

 

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