Table Cricket was originally developed by Doug Williamson in 1990, through Project Adapted at Nottingham Trent University. It stemmed from the desire to devise another appropriate sporting opportunity for youngsters who could not take part in the traditional Paralympic sports. It was created especially for those with more severe physical impairments, and trials were conducted in Nottingham and at Stoke Mandeville. In 1998, the Youth Sport Trust adopted Table Cricket and added it to the Sportsability Bag of adapted equipment that was then distributed to 1,500 schools throughout England and Wales. The game involves a table tennis table, or similar surface area, side panels with sliding fielders, a ball launcher, a plastic ball and a wooden bat to simulate a game of cricket.
Table Cricket is a sport played in schools across the country, culminating each year with a National Final at Lord’s, the ‘Home of Cricket’ through the work of The Lord’s Taverners. Further development of the game has come through CP Sport’s National Table Cricket Community League Inclusive Sport Fund project, rolling out the game to a wider audience and ages at recreational level, with local county and regional heats and the National Finals Competition.
You can find out more information on CP Sport’s Table Cricket Community League here.