Table Cricket

Table cricket is an adapted, pan-disability form of cricket played on a table tennis table. Aimed at 8-25 year olds, it engages young people with a wide range of disabilities and can be played both competitively and in a recreational, community or educational setting.

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Table Cricket in the School Games

History

The Lord’s Taverners have been running a national Table Cricket competition since 2002, and in 2016 launched a nationwide development programme working alongside County Cricket Boards. Before Covid-19, over 8,000 participants played Table Cricket in over 400 schools across the UK. The Lord’s Taverners have been working with the Robert Gordon University to develop brand-new table cricket equipment that will become available in Spring 2022. This will replace the old kit which has been in circulation for over 20 years, and will be provided to each school that is part of the table cricket network upon completion.National Governing Body

Purpose

Many young people with severe physical and learning disabilities, particularly wheelchair users, have very few opportunities to participate in any form of sport. Table Cricket is part of the grassroots disability offer providing an opportunity for these young people to compete, socialise and have fun, regardless of ability or disability. At the core of the Table Cricket delivery model is to create a network of Table Cricket Champions (teachers) who will provide regular opportunities to play and compete within their schools. Table Cricket also provides a competitive pathway and an opportunity for young people with disabilities to represent their school through the national competition, which is run at a county and regional level, before a national final at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Playing the Game

Table cricket is played on a tennis table using a specially designed kit. Just like in regular cricket, fielders must be carefully positioned around the tennis table to prevent runs or to get the batter out. Teams of six take it in turn to bowl or bat, with the bowler using a ramp to deliver the ball (either a regular ball that runs true or a weighted one that swings around). The batter scores by hitting the ball into the scoring zones, avoiding the fielders if they can.

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8,856 participants across the country in 2019/20*

*Only circa 6 months of activity due to Covid-19

Lords Taverners

The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity. We work across the UK and beyond to ensure that disadvantaged and disabled young people have access to free sport and all the benefits it can bring. 

More information about us can be found on our website - https://www.lordstaverners.org/. 

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357 schools taking part in 2019/20*

*Only circa 6 months of activity due to Covid-19

Getting involved in Table Cricket

Activities to do at home

  • Virtual Challenge Cup: schools can compete against each other by completing bi-weekly Table Cricket skills challenges. Competition is running through the academic year. More information on how to take part is available via the County Board Disability Development Officers. Only schools that are part of the Table Cricket network are eligible to take part. 
  • Stay Active At Home: resources available to complete independently at home. These are available on the Lord’s Taverners website through the following link - https://www.lordstaverners.org/how-we-help/charitable-programmes/table-cricket/staying-active-at-home/
  • Similar activities are also available in the Lesson Plan & Activity resource provided earlier.

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