Disability cricket developing in Scotland

Thu, Nov 18, 2010 1:37 PM

Cricket Development Officer, Kirsteen Ross embarked on developing another strand of cricket in Perth & Kinross delivering a series of disabled cricket taster sessions to pupils aged 13 to 17 at Fairview School in Perth.

Supported by PE teacher, Kathleen Smith, the pupils joined in with great enthusiasm and gusto. Each session began with a warm up which increased in pace and intensity. The pupils worked on close catching, front foot drive batting, overarm bowling, throwing at a target, fielding and wicket-keeping. Sessions included drills and games to practice the skills that had been worked on and the final session saw the young people enjoying a competitive game of kwik cricket.

Kirsteen has recently attended the UK "How to Coach Disabled People In Sport" course and was keen to test her newly acquired coaching skills and gain experience working at Fairview School. She said "It was a very enjoyable experience working with the pupils and staff at Fairview. The environment was very positive and welcoming and despite my initial nervousness at stepping out of my "comfort zone" to try something new, I finished every session totally buoyed up and looking forward to the next one."

This sees Live Active Cricket lead the way in developing Disability cricket as Cricket Scotland currently has no provision for this aspect of the sport. Further sessions are planned with the students at Fairview School in the summer term next year.

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