Beech Academy win National Table Cricket Final


Beech Academy students at the National Table Cricket Final

PUPILS from Beech Academy had a memorable day last week as they were crowned national champions in the Lord’s Taverners national cricket final – while meeting England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes. writes Alec McQuarrie.

The Mansfield-based school team were one of ten to compete at Lord’s Cricket Ground and won the crown in style with a brilliant performance.

The Lord’s Taverners exists to positively impact the lives of young people facing the challenges of inequality.

The charity works across the UK and beyond to provide inclusive and impactful cricket programmes, enabling young people with disabilities and from disadvantaged communities to develop the knowledge, skills, abilities and confidence to overcome the challenges of inequality, raise their aspirations and reach their potential. .

Teacher Georgia Baker, 27, loves how inclusive table cricket is for her students.

“For us, inclusivity is paramount. It is also one of our core values ​​at school.

“To be able to include everyone at this table and allow them to be part of a team, it’s great.

“We have age groups of 12 to 18 who haven’t even had a chance to see each other let alone play a sport together, so for us the inclusivity is huge.”

More than 100 schools and 1,000 young people with disabilities took part in the departmental and regional qualifiers to reserve their place for the day of the final of the competition, which is now in its 22nd year, made possible thanks to the support of Ford, actors of the postcode popular Lottery and the England & Wales Cricket Board.

An adapted form of cricket played on a table tennis table, table cricket takes all aspects of traditional cricket, providing a more inclusive and accessible form that allows young people with a wide range of disabilities to participate, meet new friends and having fun.

The game not only promotes teamwork and sportsmanship in a pleasant environment, it also improves life skills such as self-confidence, independence and social integration.

Student Louise Morley, 18, was happy to have the chance to compete at a high level.

“I got involved in table cricket because I thought it would be exciting and competitive.

“It’s just a great opportunity to compete with everyone.

“I like working with my teammates and enjoying the experience while doing it.

“But also winning games too.

“I am also very happy to represent the school.”

Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, along with Sussex and Southern Vipers captain Georgia Adams, watched at Lord’s.

And Foakes was thrilled to see the sport bring together so many people.

“I think, especially after what’s happened with COVID-19, it’s just a great opportunity to come together,” Foakes said, speaking at the Lord’s Taverners National Cricket Final where he looked at nearly 70 young people with disabilities from 10 schools. across the country represent their schools competing for the title of National Table Cricket Champions 2022.

“I think some of these guys have probably been hit the hardest in this isolation and during this lockdown period.

“So I just think it’s great, everybody can go out and enjoy it and enjoy that team aspect of the sport that cricket offers.

“It’s been fantastic to see him, and I think it’s getting better and better.

“It was just awesome.”

The Lord’s Taverners impacts the lives of young people facing the challenges of inequality. The charity works across the UK and beyond to provide inclusive and impactful cricket programmes, empowering young people with disabilities and from disadvantaged communities – visit www.lordstaverners.org

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