Disability Cricket - Schools programme success

Posted: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:32

Disability Cricket - Schools programme success

Leicestershire & Rutland Cricket have already run a vast amount of cricket sessions in the county's Special Educational Needs schools and as the sun begins the shine we are beginning to timetable further summer sessions.

Over the autumn and spring terms LRC have delivered to 5 schools including Forest Way, West Gate, Birkett House, Maplewell Hall and Nether Hall (pictured). The delivery has included a range of activities from Table Cricket to fun and inclusive soft ball games focusing on fundamental skills to more specific cricket coaching based around the format of Indoor Cricket and Kwik Cricket. We have also worked with residential groups at Maplewell Hall (kwik cricket) and Birkett House (table cricket and softball)

Forest Way School were also happy to welcome Leicestershire CCC star Shiv Thakor who helped with some coaching at the school.

Indoor Cricket Competition

The 2014 edition of the Indoor Cricket competition saw some slight changes to previous years. Rather than more of a participation event, the competition was promoted as more of a competitive event which really did prove that there are some talented young cricketers in our SEN schools. Teams from Ashmount, Birch Wood, Ellesmere, Maplewell Hall and West Gate attended the event held at Leicester Sports Center.

Maplewell Hall showed they were the team to beat from the offset, however Birch Wood also showed some great potential by winning their opening matches. In the end Maplewell Hall were too strong for Birch Wood and were worthy victors winning the 2014 Indoor Competition unbeaten! There were many close games and it was great to see the other sides all record wins themselves. Many thanks to the young leaders from Robert Smyth Academy who did a fantastic job umpiring and scoring the games.

Table Cricket Competition

This year's event saw our youngest competitors taking part – West Gate's Foundation Key Stage 1 children, who had been receiving some Table Cricket coaching, were 1 of 3 West Gate teams to enter the competition. Ellesmere were the other school taking part. Due to unforeseen circumstances there were less teams than previous years but this certainly did not take away the competitive nature of the event. Once again this year's event was supported by the Lord's Taverners who provided the trophy, medals and food for the staff. Young leaders from Lancaster Boys also provided their annual support by umpiring, scoring and assisting in administration tasks. Again it was a closely fought contact with all 4 teams getting early wins under their belts. The foundation team, nicknamed 'The Tiddlywinks' showed up a few of their older competitors finding the boundary zones with ease!

The final between West Gate B and Ellesmere was very close, so close that we counted up the scored 3 times to make sure we had the right winner! In the end, it was Ellesmere who won by just 4 runs to take away the Table Cricket trophy.

As we approach the Summer there is still lots of exciting cricket sessions to deliver and we very much look forward to returning to Syston Town CC for the 3rd SEN Inclusive Festival, which will see some new skills and games being introduced to the format.

For more information about our SEN School programme, or about Disability Cricket in Leicester-shire and Rutland please contact our Cricket Development Coach and Disability Officer Tom Leonard ( tom@leicestershirecricket.co.uk or 0116 244 2198)

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