U3A bowled over by walking cricket
By Nicky Carter - Reporter
SHOUTS of “walk, don’t run” echoed across the perfectly cut crease at Etherley Cricket Club last week as members of the U3A got to grips with a new form of the game.
Walking Cricket was developed two years ago to help make the game more accessible to older adults to help keep active and promote mental health.
The sport is similar to traditional cricket, just at a slower pace, ideal for people who are less physically able but still want to enjoy the thrill of the game.
Using a soft ball, plastic bats and wickets, Walking Cricket involves a team of six to eight players and whether you’re batting, bowling and fielding everything is done at a walk.
After reading about the more sedate form of the game, cricket fan and U3A member John Raw decided to organise sessions himself.
He said: “It’s something that has been done with U3A nationally and I thought if there was enough interest, I would give it a go.
“I put information out on social media and I had around 15 people get in touch with me.”
He added: “I was involved with the cricket club for many years.
“I approached the committee and we have their permission to use part of the grounds for our weekly sessions.”
“Where you used to run and jog you now only walk. It’s about trying to keep active and improving mental health. We are not going to play against anyone but it is just a bit of fun.”
The one-hour Walking Cricket sessions take place each Wednesday, meeting at Etherley Cricket Club at 11am. For insurance purposes participants will need to be a member, or proposed member of the U3A. For more information about the sessions contact Mr Raw either by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 01388 663 734.