Disability Cricket

Welcome to the Disability Cricket Section. Cambridgeshire Cricket aims to make cricket accessible to all within the county. We feel that everyone has the right to play and learn the game of cricket in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Table Cricket

The game of Table Cricket provides an opportunity for youngsters with severe physical or learning disabilities to play competitive cricket, Table Cricket can be played by anyone and the weather can’t intervene.

The game is played on a table tennis table or similar sized surface area with side panels featuring nine sliding fielders. A plastic ball is bowled by a ball launcher at one end of the pitch, while at the other the batter has a wooden bat. Teams consist of six players, with each individual innings lasting two overs, regardless of whether the batter is given out.

Two, four or six runs can be scored if the ball is hit in between fielders placed on the side panels.

Wide deliveries are punished with four runs awarded to the batting team.

There are six different ways of being dismissed. Every time a wicket is lost five runs are deducted from the team’s starting score of 200.

Cambridgeshire Cricket delivers table cricket in SEND schools as part of the Lord’s Taverners programme. There is also a county table cricket competition where the winners will progress to further rounds with the finals day being held at Lord’s each year. As well as Table cricket, we also deliver softball cricket sessions in SEND schools around the county.

Super 1s

Super 1s gives young people aged 12-25 with disabilities the chance to regularly play cricket. By creating community cricket hubs for young people to receive coaching from county cricket boards, we give participants the chance to compete against peers and enjoy the benefits of sport and an active lifestyle.

For many young people with disabilities throughout the UK, opportunities to take part in regular competitive sport can be extremely limited.

The programme aims to:

develop the physical and mental well-being of players

help players make friends and engage with positive role models

provide an environment for competition amongst peers

How it helps young people

Super 1s provides young people with a chance to realise their potential, both on and off the pitch. It enables them to discover what they can do, not what they can’t, and become role models for their peers.Engaging in regular sport helps all young people develop personal skills, including confidence, leadership and independence. For young people with disabilities the opportunity to do this can be very limited.

Competition is a key element of the Super 1s programme. It provides participants with the opportunity to compete and this gives them a real sense of achievement. Many of the Super 1s county and regional finals are held at iconic venues including Edgbaston, Emirates Old Trafford and Lord’s.

Sessions in Cambridgeshire:

When are sessions?

Every Thursday, 5-6PM

Where are sessions?

Impington Sports Centre, New Road, Impington, CB24 9LX

Jacob’s Case Study

Jacob has been attending Super 1’s for about six months now and really looks forward to coming each week.

Jacob has global developmental delay and a learning disability. As a younger child he was part of the local football team, as we were keen for him to be in involved in a team sport. As the team got older they wanted to be more competitive playing in league games. Jacob was excluded from taking part as he just didn’t have the cognitive ability to play at such a fast pace. Gradually he wanted to go to the sessions less and less as he found them too intimidating.

As Jacob has got older, the gap between him and his peers has increased and he has become more isolated from social groups and clubs.

I saw Super 1’s advertised and encouraged Jacob to give it a go. He had never really played cricket before except for maybe in PE at school. He was very apprehensive at first, but Stuart has been so welcoming and inclusive he now looks forward to coming each week. Stuart’s patience is second to none and works hard to include the diverse needs and the abilities of the group.

Over the last couple of months there has been a core group of attendees. They are a great group who are inclusive and accepting of all, irrespective of ability. The fact that Jacob wants to return each week is testament to Super 1’s success. We are very grateful to have been given the opportunity to join such an inclusive group.

Disability Champion Clubs

What is a Disability Cricket Champion Club?

Cricket is an inclusive sport by its nature; a sport that many people play, follow and have a passion, for life. Across England and Wales, the ECB wish to support cricket clubs to open their gates and deliver cricket opportunities for those with disabilities. The Disability Cricket Champion Club Programme will support cricket clubs through guidance, resource and equipment, enabling them to welcome individuals with additional needs and varying abilities to support them to play, follow, officiate and volunteer. Creating a truly equitable club game and providing fantastic new opportunities for cricketers and for the Champion Clubs.

Equipment

Every Disability Cricket Champion Club will receive a free kit bag, containing plastic playing

equipment and a range of balls and markers to help facilitate coaching drills and games.

Adapted and easy to use equipment can play a crucial role in enabling coaches to ensure that everyone is involved and able to enjoy the game.

Every centre that registers and goes on to be selected to be a Disability Cricket Champion Club will receive a free pack, including:

1 x ECB kit bag
4 x bats
4 x sets of stumps
10 x plastic balls
15 x tennis balls
2 x large tennis balls
3 x large tennis ball with ball-bearings (audible)
4 x batting tees
24 x cones
12 x PVC Line markers
2 x 10m ropes

Equipment

Every Disability Cricket Champion Club will receive a free kit bag, containing plastic playing

equipment and a range of balls and markers to help facilitate coaching drills and games.

Adapted and easy to use equipment can play a crucial role in enabling coaches to ensure that everyone is involved and able to enjoy the game.

Every centre that registers and goes on to be selected to be a Disability Cricket Champion Club will receive a free pack, including:

1 x ECB kit bag
4 x bats
4 x sets of stumps
10 x plastic balls
15 x tennis balls
2 x large tennis balls
3 x large tennis ball with ball-bearings (audible)
4 x batting tees
24 x cones
12 x PVC Line markers
2 x 10m ropes

Funding

All Disability Cricket Champion Clubs will be able to access ECB funding to support the promotion and delivery of their inclusive cricket sessions.

Clubs will be able to apply for up to £500 seed funding in their first year, to deploy experienced coaches*; purchase more adapted equipment; or help to promote inclusive cricket sessions.

*A club coach must assist a paid coach to build future sustainability of the programme.

Support

The ECB and your local County Cricket Board will provide ongoing assistance supporting clubs to create links with their local schools and service providers; signposting players to further opportunities and supporting clubs to arrange match-play opportunities

What do you need to become a Disability Cricket Champion Club?

Affiliation to ECB

A Constitution, Articles of Association, or equivalent governing document

Valid Public Liability Insurance

A recent Club bank statement

Adoption of the ECB Safe Hands Policy

To certify that all individuals carrying out roles in connection with the delivery of the project and which require a DBS check, have obtained the necessary clearance.

Accessible facilities – If this provision is not currently in place, the ECB will support you to address this

A commitment across the club to provide a fun and welcoming environment for all

At least one qualified coach to lead the sessions

Apply to become a Disability Cricket Champion Club

For more details on how to apply for the scheme please visit the ECB website by clicking on the link below

ECB Disability Cricket Champion Club Scheme

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