Table Cricket is a form of cricket for people with physical barriers that may restrict their ability to play the traditional form of cricket.
The tabletop game is played on a table tennis table or similar, with side panels used to represent the boundary and fielders. The batter uses a small wooden bat and a bowling ramp allows the bowler to aim the ball.
Funding from the Office of Sport and Recreation has enabled SACA to invest in Table Cricket equipment, allowing people of all ages the chance to participate in this alternative, tabletop format of the game.
The grant also means that SACA is offering the four to six-week program free of charge to participating schools and organisations.
“Our first session at ACH was a big success with members participating in social teams with plenty of smiles and laughs from clients, families and SACA staff,” SACA Diversity and Inclusion Leader Matt Lucas said.
Disability support services Novita and Minda are also on board, beginning their Table Cricket sessions in the coming weeks.
“We are excited to give all kids the opportunity to participate in cricket, teaching them valuable life skills such as teamwork, social skills and hand-eye coordination,” Lucas said.
“Table Cricket is an opportunity for kids with and without a disability to play a format of cricket that provides an equal playing field for all involved, with games being modified depending on the group and each group’s individual needs.”
Sessions run for one hour per week and are suitable for 10 to 15 players per table, with SACA able to run two tables simultaneously.
Click here to watch a video of Table Cricket in action!
For more information or to get your school or organisation involved, contact SACA Diversity and Inclusion Leader Matt Lucas on (08) 8300 3204 or at MLucas@saca.com.au.