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The Lord's Taverners2017 Table Cricket Finals

Wilson Stuart School lift the 2017 National Table Cricket trophy
Greg James, Radio 1 DJ, at the Lord's Taveners Table Cricket Finals 2017

 Wilson Stuart School from Birmingham were victorious at the Lord’s Taverners 2017 National Table Cricket Finals at the home of cricket, Lord’s Cricket Ground, on 9 June 2017.

Hosted at the Nursery Pavilion, it was Wilson Stuart School who claimed the championship having won their regional heat in the West Midlands before making their way to the national final after winning by 10 runs, defending a total of 258 runs in the final.

In its 19th year, the competition working with 30 county cricket boards, saw over 300 schools with severe physical disabilities from schools across the UK participate in competitive cricket. Nine schools from around the country represented their respective regions to compete for at the Lord’s

Taverners 2017 National Table Cricket Championships, including:

• Thomas Wolsey School,
• Samuel Laycock School
• Ulverston Victoria School
• Angmering School
• Wilson Stuart School
• Beech Academy
• Woodlands School
• Victoria Education Centre
• The Glebe School

The game not only gives opportunities for competitive play and social integrations, it also improves life-skills including self-confidence, independence and social skills. An enhanced role for the captain also allows for the development of leadership skills.

Greg James, ambassador for the Lord’s Taverners commented: “Table Cricket at Lord’s with hundreds of kids enjoying themselves, it really doesn’t get any better than that. It’s been a competitive day with some close finishes, big congratulations to Wilson Stuart School for their deserving win.”

The Lord’s Taverners Table Cricket programme, which is supported by Ford and the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, last year gave more than 3,000 young people with severe physical or learning disabilities the chance to compete and have fun, regardless of ability.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “We are delighted that our players are supporting the Lord’s Taverners through the Table Cricket programme. It is vital that all young people, whatever their disability, are given the chance to compete within sport. The Table Cricket competition affords such an opportunity and we are very proud that our players are able to support such a fantastic programme.”

Played on a table tennis table with side panels and sliding fielders, a ball launcher, weighted plastic ball and wooden bat, table cricket enables young people with severe physical and learning disabilities to enjoy cricket and represent their school on a competitive basis.

The Lord’s Taverners aim to enhance the lives of disadvantaged and disabled young people through sport and recreation. Its programmes create a wide range of opportunities to engage in sport and recreational activities in their communities.

The Lord’s Taverners

The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity whose objective is to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.

In 2016 the Lord’s Taverners provided over 1 million sporting chances for disadvantaged and disabled young people across all of its charitable programme and millions more will be created by the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity as part of ambitious expansion plans over the next three years.

To see the many different ways you can get involved with the Lord’s Taverners, from volunteering, fundraising or even playing cricket for us, please go to www.lordstaverners.org for more details.