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Cricket and Emily Reed

Summer has finally arrived and my thoughts this week have turned to cricket – at last rain will NOT be stopping play! Coalition member Emily Reed is an enthusiastic advocate of the game and I understand has a great drive! Emily plays with the Lords Taverners Super 1’s group in Epsom and she kindly agreed to answer some questions about the game.

  • What was it that made you start playing cricket?

Well I did try it at a club called kites which is part of the Sunnybank trust but at the time I could only do it there so I was having mixed feelings about it but that is what started me playing cricket .

  • What does your normal cricket session involve?

A normal cricket session involves people talking to each other before it starts. And then we wait for the rest to come. Before cov19 we would just go start straight away, practice by ourselves.  Now we wait as Neil has all the equipment in the back of his car.  When he has got it all out ready, he starts by saying any other news he might have to say.  Then he starts by explaining what we are going to do and the rules he uses. The rules could be about bowling or batting and uses 1 of us as an example. 

  • What 3 things do you enjoy most about cricket?

The fact that it is something that disabled can participate at your own pace.

They don’t mind if you make someone your target ie Claire from Sunnybank. It means you are improving your skills. 

My favourite thing is in the summer 2 venues and at 1 you can have a bbq.

  • How does being active make you feel? How has it helped you?

Happy knowing that I am getting fit in order to push my dad. And be more active with other Sunnybank events. Losing weight.

  • How did Covid-19 affect you playing cricket

Because of covid restrictions I couldn’t attend. When living with my PA I didn’t have regular access to zoom. Once I came home I had unlimited WiFi access and joined the zoom sessions.  

  • What would you say to someone who is thinking of giving cricket a try?

I’d encourage them to have a go. Check availability and access with Claire of Sunnybank. 

  • Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about cricket?

The cricket group is organising a trip to the Oval for their disabled people open day. Neil works at the Oval. We will be playing a match against another disabled group.

If you would like to watch Emily and her teammates play a demonstration game and join in with lots of fun activities whatever your ability you can find the details of the Kia Oval Disability Day on the attached flier.

The Super 1’s Roadshow continues, coming to Valley End and Merstham in the next few weeks. Super 1’s is for people with disabilities aged 12-25. More details are on the attached Super 1’s roadshow flier.

The Surrey Cricket Foundation aims to make cricket accessible to all within Surrey and South London. They feel that everyone has the right to play and learn the game of cricket in a safe and enjoyable environment. They offer a wide-ranging cricket club network for disabled participants with different cricket formats. That might be the standard game, cage cricket, walking cricket or table cricket as well as county squads that compete in learning, physical, deaf and visually impaired teams.

If you would like to learn more about the different cricket formats available, please do get in touch with Katy at the Get More Active Project:

Email: getmoreactive@surreycoalition.org.uk

Phone or SMS text: 07434 865 062

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