We provide and work with a number of schools, clubs, organisations and partners to increase the accessibility for people with disabilities. Our principal partner for disability cricket is the Lord’s Taverners and our Community Officer responsible for Disability is Brian Gasking.
Areas We Cover
Lords Taverners Table Cricket and Softball Cricket for Primary and Secondary Schools and Competitions, Lords Taverners Super 1’s, ECB Disability Champions Clubs, Adult Engagement & Participation , Visually Impaired Performance Squads, Learning and Physically Disabled Performance Squads.
For information on the Kent Cricket Disability Squads, please visit the representative squads page.
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, we give participants the chance to compete against peers and enjoy the benefits of sport and an active lifestyle.
We currently have four Super 1s hubs in Kent at the following locations, please make contact with Brian Gasking if you are interested in attending or would like to know more:
BETHS School, Harford Road, Bexley DA5 1NE
Hayes Cricket Club, The Green, Hayes, UB3 2RJ (summer months April to July)
The County Ground, Worsley Bridge Road, Beckenham, BR3 1DR (winter months September to March)
The Beacon School, Park Farm Road, Folkestone CT19 5DN
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
Watch the video below to see the story of Sam Alderson, one of our Super 1s coaches!
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.
We deliver Table Cricket sessions in schools across the county during the lead up to our annual competition that takes place every February. The school that comes out on top of our Kent competition is then invited to play against the winning school from other counties as part of the Lord’s Taverners National competition.
- An introduction to Table Cricket (video)
- How to set up a game of Table Cricket (video)
- Complete Guide to Table Cricket (pdf)
If you’re interested in receiving Table Cricket at your school, please contact Brian Gasking. To see how Table Cricket works, watch the video below featuring Greenfields Primary School (Maidstone), who attended our competition at The Countyground, Beckenham in February 2020.
All cricket clubs should be places that have open and non-discriminatory membership and many clubs have active members with disabilities.
Kent Cricket currently have 3 ECB Disability Champion Clubs for those with disabilities who would like to play and experience cricket in the club environment across the summer cricket season. Each of these clubs would welcome contact from prospective new players.
If your educational setting works with students that have SEND who you believe would benefit from playing cricket then please get in touch. Whether you are a specialist site or mainstream school we would like to hear from you and to discuss what support we may be able to offer you.
We hold open events alongside our Lord’s Taverners events where schools can attend with a group of children to sample some cricket activities, or enter teams if they would like to compete against other schools.
For more information on disability cricket in schools and colleges, contact Brian Gasking