Wiltshire Cricket are committed to ensuring that cricket is accessible to everyone in Wiltshire. Jordi Rose was employed as Head of Disability Cricket throughout 2011 and set up a school programme, working with schools in Swindon and Wiltshire. Each individual school received specialist coaching in different forms and adaptations of cricket. Schools were been taught hard ball cricket, kwik cricket and also table cricket where appropriate.
The schools that were worked with were:
- Exeter House School - Salisbury
- Larkrise School - Trowbridge
- Rowdeford School - Rowde, Devizes
- Springfields School - Calne
- St Nicholas - Chippenham
- Frogwell School - Chippenham
- Downlands School - Devizes
- Brimble Hill School - Swindon
- Uplands School - Swindon
- Crowdys Hill School - Swindon
- St Lukes School - Swindon
Festival of Cricket
In 2011 Wiltshire Cricket held a festival of Cricket on Friday July 15th at Beverbrook Sports Ground in Calne, it was open to all schools who had children with learning difficulties and included skills, games and prizes.
BACD County Championship
Wiltshire are also looking for players who may be interested in representing the County against other counties in the National League. Once again this open to players with learning difficulties and also physical impairment/disability.
This is a new avenue for cricket in Wiltshire and will take time to build up. Initially we are looking for one side to enter into the Soft Ball championship with the hope of building on this base in the future years.
Anyone who is interested in representing Wiltshire in this should contact Pete Sykes.
Linking in with the schools programme above Wiltshire Cricket are in the process of trying to provide an outlet for children with disabilities to continue with cricket in their spare time outside of school if they so wish, so over the next coming year we are looking for clubs around the county who may be interested in expanding their club into this new avenue.
Clubs who may be interested should have accessible facilties and be willing to link well with the local schools. Pete Sykes will be on hand to support any clubs who are interested in setting up a disability section within the club, from helping with the coaching to providing them with the links they need to get the children involved.