Belvoir’s cricket trust works with pupils of Grantham Additional Needs Federation

Cricket at GANF

Cricket at GANF

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Belvoir Castle Cricket and Countryside Trust has been visiting Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF) to provide pupils with in-school cricket coaching.

The trust runs a special needs cricket programme giving youngsters the opportunity to play sport and learn skills on a regular basis.

The programme helps to improve the lives of youngsters with learning and physical disabilities by promoting activeness, increasing self image and social skills, and improving cognitive skills.

During March, and throughout last month, GANF pupils are being visited weekly by former cricketer and trust director Darren Bicknell. Darren is coaching ‘kwik cricket’ with Ambergate pupils and ‘table top cricket’ with Sandon pupils.

Darren said: “Belvoir Castle Trust​ coach table​ cricket ​and kwik cricket ​to children with a wide range of abilities​. These range from those that are very able, to those with physical and mental issues.

“The success can​ sometimes​ be​ a child learn​ing​ to follow a ball with their eyes or some can hit a full ‘sixer’ when batting – either way, the achievement to them is immense, it’s wonderful to see the reaction from the children.”

​The programme will continue with some children being given the opportunity to take part in the trust’s school days at the Belvoir Estate during the summer, and participating in a post-project table cricket tournament.