Bowled over by table cricket at Wisbech

Papworth Trust youth club leader Nick Butler with some of the club members

Papworth Trust youth club leader Nick Butler with some of the club members - Credit: Archant

Young disabled people from the Papworth Trust’s youth club in Wisbech were bowled over by table cricket when they tried the game for the first time.

Jenny Lambert from Cambridgeshire Cricket visited the club to run a taster table cricket session at the Queen Mary Centre in Wisbech.

Ms Lambert started by teaching the basic rules of the sport, which is specially adapted so that it is played across a table top so that people of all disabilities had the opportunity to play.

A friendly contest saw Curtis Fendly win the game.

Jenny Lambert, cricket development manager, said: “We’ve been teaching table cricket for around 5 years now. It’s fantastic because it’s an inclusive and accessible sport, designed for people with physical disabilities.

“For example if someone can’t hold a bat, that doesn’t matter because they can use their hand or arm instead. As well as being a lot of fun, it is a team sport, so teaches players communication and teamwork skills.

“We will hold another session at the Wisbech youth club in the New Year, and hope to roll this out to Papworth Trust’s other youth clubs too. We also plan to train the club’s staff, so that they have the skills to teach the game themselves.”

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To find out more about Papworth Trust and its youth clubs for young disabled people please visit: or call 0800 952 5000.