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Cage Cricket with Buxton College

On Wednesday 3 May 2017, Neil Bunting travelled to Buxton College to introduce Cage Cricket there.  This article was posted by Derbyshire Sport:

Cage Cricket with Buxton College

As part of Derbyshire Sport’s ‘Sporting Chance, Sporting Choices’ project (funded by Sport England), Cage Cricket in May 2017 delivered an interactive session to College students with Learning Disabilities and their staff support workers.

An introduction to a new game of cricket

Cage Cricket is an adapted version of the game of cricket that sees all players moving round a coloured grid system which allows everyone to be fully involved in the game. Neil Bunting from Cage Cricket came along to Buxton College’s Harper Hill Sports Centre to deliver the session which saw students and staff learning the new game together.

Throughout the game, players moved round the 6 different sections so that they each batted, bowled and fielded in all positions. The game kept everyone really engaged throughout the afternoon session.

Players of different abilities played together.

Playing cricket for the first time

The cricket session was part of a programme of activity being delivered to the college students by local coaching company, DO Sport UK, who are funded through the project to deliver activity to disabled people. DO Sport UK worked alongside Derbyshire Sport and Cage Cricket to deliver the taster session.

DO Sport UK along with the college staff were able to learn the new game and introduce the students to something different. Some of the students had never played any cricket before so this was a excellent way to introduce them to the game and give them a positive experience.

Keeping things clear in a fun environment

Rachael Dyer, Sport Development Officer at Derbyshire Sport commented on the success of the session: “It was a really interactive afternoon and great to see that the students and staff all really enjoyed themselves.

“We got positive feedback from the College staff who could see what an inclusive game this is for their students, some of which experience high levels of stress within day to day environments and were able to just enjoy the cricket.

“Cage Cricket is such a simple, clear version of the game which is a key component for engaging with these young adults who have a learning disability; having small chunks of information helps them get on and enjoy the game”.

How to play yourself

Cage Cricket is great for all ages.

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