This academic year, in partnership with the Leicestershire and Rutland Inclusive Sports Association, Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket have been delivering coaching and competitions for a number of special schools across Leicester and Leicestershire. As a follow on to this, on Tuesday 30th April, Tom Leonard from Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket came to the ‘Inspire to Lead’ Club at Ellesmere College, a supported leadership programme that helps to equip disabled people with the skills and the confidence to lead and volunteer in the wider community. Tom delivered an hour and a half of Cricket Leaders Training to twelve leaders with the aim that some of them may be able to deliver cricket in schools and in the community, as well as help run the SEN Schools Cricket Outdoor Competition at Syston CC on May 21st.
After a warm up, the leaders were taught some officiating skills, including the basic rules and hand signals used in all forms of cricket. The leaders were shown some simple drills that they could set up and adapt to deliver sessions for all ages and abilities and were also given a chance to test these out themselves. Batting, bowling and fielding were all covered, as well as some games that they could set up to practice the skills learnt.
A good time seemed to be had by all the leaders, who certainly improved their knowledge and awareness of the game of cricket, while also thinking about how the sport can be adapted to make it more inclusive. There will be plenty of opportunities to put these skills into practice over the next few weeks!
(This article was written by Larisa’s Legacy Maker & Disability Sport Development Assistant, Samantha Walsh)