Disability cricket event for young people held at Frenchay Cricket Club
02/06/2015 - Jade Hansford
Working in partnership with Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) Frenchay Cricket club hosted a disability cricket event. Five schools were invited to participate in a series of kwik cricket games. Frenchay Cricket Club ensured that the day accommodated for all abilities and cricketing experience. Therefore the day was a festival of cricket rather than a tournament. Nine games of continuous kwik cricket was played throughout the day with over 60 young people getting involved and creating a brilliant buzz throughout the day equal to the weather blessing us with bright sunshine. It was not only the young people that participated in playing, teachers and assistants got stuck helping the coaches and volunteers in ensuring that all young people were able to take part. There was plenty of excitement, participation, cheering and achievement at all levels. Everyone enjoyed the spirit of the day with laughter and smiles a plenty. One coach recalls “the highlight of the day for me was of a visually impaired girl hitting the ball, amidst cheers from both teams”
Frenchay Cricket Club run a weekly ability cricket session every Monday for young people aged 11 and over. Tyrone Isitt, an experienced coach and cricketer runs the sessions, providing opportunities for disabled cricketers to work and develop their cricketing skills. Tyrone also works in a number of schools teaching pupils the game of cricket and inviting them down to training on a Monday night. Tyrone comments “It is important we create links between schools and clubs to enable youngsters with disabilities to become part of a club and get involved and take part in competitive competitions” If you want to find out more about the Frenchay Falcons, please contact the Frenchay Falcons manager Kay Sibley on 07519735037.