AoC Sport cricket festivals at Edgbaston prove huge success
Last month AoC Sport, in partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), ran two participation events at Edgbaston Indoor Cricket Centre to great success.
The finals day of the participation strand of the Indoor 24 programme came to Edgbaston on Wednesday 27 April, inviting college teams which consisted of players new to the game, or who only play cricket on a social level.
Several of the teams had both male and female players taking part, with a wide range of abilities involved.
Eight colleges competed on the day, with the event starting with a group stage, before the top team from each group progressed to the final.
Peterborough Regional College topped their group, ahead of Solihull College, New College Pontefract and Gateway College, while Exeter College won the second group, ahead of Newham College of Further Education, Blackburn College and Havant Sixth Form College.
And it was the South West side who came out top in the final, with a 68-47 victory over Peterborough.
We were also delighted to welcome England Women’s cricketers Becky Grundy and Amy Jones, who were present to hand out the trophies and offer some words of advice to the students.
Disability Cricket Festival
The following day saw the disability cricket festival come to Edgbaston, with Derwen College, The Sheffield College and NewVic all taking part.
We were joined by specialist coaches from the ECB and Warwickshire Cricket Board, who coached the students and ran games for them. Everyone received a prize at the end of the day, and some special prizes were given to students who produced standout moments of skill.
There was a real festival atmosphere to the day, with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment.
James Firth, College Sport Maker at The Sheffield College, said: “It was a fantastic event for our students. We have seen a huge uptake in out Monday cricket session, as well as seeing a rise in attendances at our other sessions. Students are continually showing off the medals and prizes around College.
“We held another impromptu cricket session on the 3G pitch the other day, as they just can’t get enough of it.
“A couple of our staff have also taken a few of the games on board that were played at Edgbaston, as well as making their own up to grow cricket in the college. There is a real buzz about the corridors when I see the staff and students, and the teachers have also seen a marked difference in behaviour, application in lessons and attendances. So we are looking to build on this!”
The ECB are keen to support disability cricket within Further Education, so if your college are interested on hearing more and getting involved, please contact Sandy_Veale@aoc.co.uk.