The British Land Inclusive Cricket League is the only league of its kind in the UK and brings children, with a range of physical and mental health problems, together to play a specially adapted version of cricket.
Throughout the year, we work in schools across London with children who have special educational needs (SEN). Whilst the sessions, on the face of it, are used to teach the children about the game, the added benefits that they receive are huge. For example, at Jubilee primary school, we work with a number of children who have autism. This makes it very difficult for them to interact with other people, but, as a result of their cricket sessions, they learn skills such as how to be patient, how to share and how to work as a team. For a child with austism, learning these skills can have a life changing effect on them.
Towards the end of the academic year, the schools take part in the league with eight finalists making it to the grand finals day at the MCC Academy, Lord’s. The finals day is very much a celebration of the progress the children have made throughout the year with teachers, parents, council Mayors and other special guests in attendance to watch the matches and hand out awards.
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