Wiltshire Cricket

SEN Cricket Festival 2015

SEN Cricket Festival 2015

On Friday the 26th June we held our first SEN Cricket Festival. The schools present all took part in a coaching program to help build confidence and develop skills in preparation for the event.

 Potterne Cricket Club hosted the event ahead of their community cricket sessions starting this July.

 The day started with the five schools; St Peter’s Marlborough, St Nicholas Chippenham, Amesbury Archer Primary School, Eldene Primary Swindon and Corsham Primary taking part in an hour practice session working on their batting, bowling, fielding and gameplay skills. With support from young leaders from Lavington the children then entered their first round of games.

 The games were carried out in a great spirit with all getting the opportunity to take part and perform. The game type used is known as 3 tee 3 ball. For those unfamiliar, one batter takes position and hits 3 stationary balls off 3 cones. They then run as many times as they can to a stump (or cone) in order to score runs. The fielder’s job is to return the cones as quickly as possible. Once all 3 balls are back in their starting position the batter can no longer run. This game is simple and easy to set up and offers children to select tactics whilst fielding and batting. It is very effective for Children with SEN and is an excellent game for all primary level students.

 After 2 games the students broke for lunch, with Potterne providing some ice cream for the children (too much excitement!) They then played a final game before departing for the day. The feedback from children and staff has been outstanding and everybody had a fantastic day.

 Our special thanks go to the young leaders from Lavington School, who were invaluable in keeping the day running, Terry Bathe, whose knowledge and experience was invaluable, Ali Goddard for overseeing the day, Rob Padget for helping to promote and network throughout the county. Waitrose Melksham for providing biscuits, squash and tea and finally Potterne Cricket Club and Fred Kerley for hosting the event and helping to make the day a special event.