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Sandfield Park are heading to Lord's

The Table Cricket North West Regional Finals took place today at Stretford Sports Village with Sandfield Park School crowned Champions.

The winners, who have now booked their spot in the National Finals at Lord’s, were dominant throughout the day and remained unbeaten.

The last winning team from Lancashire were Oakfield High School (Hindley Green) back in 2012 so the Merseyside School will be hoping to emulate the Wigan-based Community School by triumphing at the ‘Home of Cricket’ next month.

Table cricket is an adapted version of cricket, played on a table tennis table and specially designed to give young people with a disability the chance to play and compete in the sport.

Amlyn Layton, who is the Disability Cricket Development Officer for Lancashire Cricket Foundation and helped delivered the finals and said, ‘The tournament provides a perfect opportunity for the children to compete and have fun. They get a chance to boost their confidence.’

Alongside the enjoyment of playing the game and competing, table cricket has been shown to develop teamwork and Layton added, ‘The organisers, the teachers, the participants are all delighted to be involved and for the winners, the opportunity to go to Lord’s is incredible.’

Henry Hazlewood, who is the Head of Cricket Programmes at Lord’s Taverners said, ‘The children love playing and it can really help them build a social life. The tactical element of the game can also benefit the children and it is so rewarding to see them have fun whilst playing.’

The Lancashire Cricket Foundation, in partnership with the Lord’s Taverners provides a Table Cricket pathway for young people with a disability. In addition to the obvious health benefits, participation in sport can be life changing, allowing for the development of personal skills and social interaction. We also offer an SLUK leaders course to those participants who demonstrate the necessary confidences.

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