Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket Ltd. have been working with the FE colleges in Leicester to provide their students with opportunities to play cricket and be more active. The result – Leicester FE College Indoor 24 Varsity Competition, a fun and exciting format of the game that everyone can get involved in regardless of their ability or experience.
5 teams representing 3 of the cities colleges played each other in a round robin league, held over 6 sessions and playing each other 3 times. All the results compiling into one overall league table for a winner to be crowned with the most points. Playing to BCS Indoor24 rules the colleges – Regent College, Gateway College and Leicester College showed great skill and commitment each week even with some challenging weather conditions to travel in.
The whole league, held at Gateway College, was all able to take place through Sportivate funding provided by Leicester City Council. The funding aims to capture the excitement of the London 2012 and provide attractive sporting opportunities for teenagers and young adults aged 14-24. This has enabled LRC ltd. to deliver taster sessions and develop the intra-college activities that have fed into this inter-college competition.
The final session held on Thursday 21st March showed all teams displaying amazing skill and talent from one handed diving catches to a 4 wicket haul in one over! The high competition between the teams was strong with the top spot being fought out until the last game.
However congratulations goes to Leicester College who won the competition finishing on a total of 32 points, winning 10 of their 12 matches and regularly scoring 45+ in their 6over innings.
The impact of this competition has had many benefits including:
– building links with city colleges to make it an annual event
– getting students active
– promoting cricket as an indoor game
– encouraging the students to go out and play regular cricket in local community clubs
A special mention goes to Hurrit Deep Singh of Leicester College who has been a standout player for not just his cricketing ability but for being deservedly awarded the Spirit of Cricket and Fair Play award. This is for the excellent way he conducted himself and controlled his team every week. He was a credit to himself, his team mates and his college and will now be invited to a coaching session at Grace Road alongside his team mates with a Level 4 cricket coach.
A huge thank you to Gateway College for the use of their facilities, also to all participants involved, everyone showed great sportsmanship and enthusiasm throughout. We would also like to thank the College Sport Makers for aiding the smooth and successful running of the league.
Leicestershire and Rutland cricket would like to extend a special thank you to Katie Tweddle for the commitment and enthusiasm she showed in working with the colleges, the students and officials to ensure everyone enjoyed the experience.