Surrey Seniors Love Cage Cricket
Throughout this year we have had a fantastic opportunity to be part of Active Surrey’s Get Active 50+ initiative. This has enabled us to run very successful programmes in Epsom and Ewell, Reigate and Banstead and Runnymede Boroughs, with more sessions planned for Woking too.
Despite the name, many of the players have actually turned out to be in their 70’s and 80’s. Currently our oldest regular player is 88. Those taking part include former keen cricketers and also some ladies and gentlemen who have rarely if ever had the chance to play previously. The great thing is that all really enjoy the game, are getting much better at it week on week and also displaying improves agility and flexibility through playing.
Part of the enjoyment is the sport itself but also the social aspect. The sessions have allowed players to make new friends and we are arranging a group trip to The Kia Oval to watch a Surrey game in a few weeks.
Here is what some of the participants have said:
“Cage Cricket is a great concept, very enjoyable. My husband has Alzheimer’s and it keeps him focussed. Good fun. Thank you.” Isobel Johnson (age 69)
“It’s a nice game. The coaches are a nice team to work with, they look after me.”Julie Wales (age 56)
“ I am delighted to have been introduced to Cage Cricket. Having never been ‘sporty’, I would never have considered playing cricket but it is wonderful to be trying something new – and meeting more people. In this case, a great group!” Pamela Pickton (age 76)
“A well organised and enjoyable hour. A credit to Neil and Haidee. Many thanks.”Peter Fuller (age 75)
“This is a new venture for me. I have only attended two sessions. I find it fun. I’m moving around the hall all the time and the time passes very quickly. It also gives me the opportunity to meet new people.” Pat Packman (age 86)
“Dear Haidee and Neil. Thank you for the opportunity to have a go at cage cricket. The enclosed [donation] is to help you both to develop and promote this amazing sport. Good Luck.” Pat Stebbens (age 78)
“Thanks for a good morning, it is great fun. When’s the next game?” Roy Gordon (age 73)
Here is a BBC Radio Surrey video of their interview with Neil Bunting and members of the Epsom group earlier this year.
The Over 50’s Cage Cricket groups have been such a success we are continuing to run them from September, beyond the Get Active 50+ programme:
- Longmead Community Centre, Epsom – Mondays from 11 September, 1pm – 2pm.
- Egham Leisure Centre, Egham – times TBC
- Lady Neville Recreation MUGA, Banstead – Wednesdays from 13 September, 11am – 12pm.