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24 Apr

YCF take part in successful launch of ‘Clock Cricket’!

Two weeks ago the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation took part in the launch of ‘Clock Cricket’ at Abbeyfield The Dales’ Fern House care home in Bingley.

YCF Health and Wellbeing Manager Beth Cook was on hand to talk to residents and members of staff taking part in the event.

It was the first time this variation of cricket has been played in Yorkshire after being created and trialled by the ECB’s Disability Cricket Support Officer Richard Hill in Hertfordshire.

Aimed at encouraging older and less mobile people to partake in physical activity, players stay seated and indoors, using a sponge ball and foam bat in order to not break anything!

Each batsman faces eight underarm balls and is awarded runs based on where the shot lands. For example, a hit on the wall scores four runs, one to the ceiling six.

The game can be played individually or in teams, and the winner is the player – or team – that scores the most runs.

Although independent of the ECB it is supported by the organisation and was bought to Fern House by The Abbeyfield Society’s Head of Development (North) Abdul Ravat.

After the success of its launch, it is hoped the game can be rolled out to Abbeyfield’s 500+ care homes across the UK and internationally, particularly to cricket loving countries such as South Africa and New Zealand.

After the event, Beth said:

Reducing isolation and improving mental and social wellbeing is a big aim of our Health and Wellbeing theme. We have several programmes that enable older adults of Yorkshire to try new things and meet new people. We were therefore delighted to be a part of the Clock Cricket launch at Fern House. The day was spent mostly laughing with residents, but also listening to stories shared by the residents in breaks of play. Clock Cricket is a really fun way of getting people involved in physical activity. We would love to roll this out across our Yorkshire Social Club to enable more older adults to feel the benefits of taking part in sport with peers.

She also told the story of one of the home’s residents, Mary, who took part in the day despite being registered as blind.

Mary, 94, told us she had seen her father play cricket many times when she was younger but was too busy building tanks for the war efforts to get involved with the cricket club itself. Mary bowled an over of straight balls, before telling us that she was in fact registered as blind

For more information on the YCF’s Health and Wellbeing work, you can contact Beth via email: Beth.cook@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com.

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