GCB launches walking cricket

May 29 2018

The Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) is looking for players aged 55 and over to take part in its first ever walking cricket programme.

A launch session was held at the Brightside Ground, on May 22, attended by former Gloucestershire player Ian Crawford.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees has also given the new initiative his seal of approval after taking part in a demonstration match at Bristol Walk Fest last month.

The specially adapted game uses a pairs cricket format and is played with a soft ball. It is designed to appeal to older players and provide a less physically demanding alternative to traditional cricket.

The sessions are free to attend and will be held on a regular basis at The Park Centre in Knowle West every Tuesday from May 29 (11.30am-12.30pm). All kit is provided and there will be light refreshments afterwards. 

The new programme is being run by GCB Wicketz development officer Crispin Shingler who said: “We are really excited to be launching Gloucestershire’s first ever walking cricket initiative. Walking sports are a great way for people to stay active while still enjoying the challenge of competitive sport.  

“We have seen the success of sports like walking football and we hope that walking cricket will take off in the same way.  No prior cricket experience is necessary and the sessions will be fun, inclusive and sociable events.”

To find out more contact crispin.shingler@glosccc.co.uk or 07398211596.