The Lord's Taverners South Africa are actively trying to promote the game of Table Cricket throughout South Africa, as well as collecting recycled kit to donate to our disadvantaged young future sports stars.
What is Table Cricket?
Table cricket is an adapted version of cricket, played on a table tennis table and specially designed to give young people with a disability the chance to play and compete in the sport we all love.
How does it work?
This is a very strategic game! There are different scoring zones around the table and, just like in regular cricket, fielders have to be carefully positioned 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!
How does it help young people?
Alongside the enjoyment of playing the game and competing, table cricket has been shown to develop teamwork and social skills among players. It also helps coordination and cognitive skills.
The game is played by young people with both learning and physical disabilities. It enables young people to understand tactics, draw the best out of team players and to build a social life. For the young volunteers involved in coaching and umpiring, table cricket helps to develop self-confidence, leadership skills and enhances their future employment prospects.
How can I get involved?
Table Cricket is currently played in eight schools throughout the Western Cape, with the plan to roll it out across the other provinces. Should you want to get involved in the programme, bring it to your local school or even donate a table to a school, please contact us at email@example.com.
Recycled Cricket Kit Donations
South Africa is laden with future sports stars, but unfortunately the majority of them will see their dreams fall flat due to a lack of access to proper equipment and facilities.
The Lord's Taverners South Africa looks to help in this regard by collecting recycled cricket kit from various clubs and schools and distributing to disadvantaged communities.
We also look to partner with businesses to allocate some of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spend towards improving facilities in these communities, to give the youngsters a better chance of achieving their dreams.
Should your club or business wish to get involved in this initiative, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.