Walking Cricket is the sport you love, just played at a slower pace – so it’s perfect for people who are older, or less physically able, but who still want to enjoy the thrill of the game. Walking Cricket involves a team of six to eight players (three to four pairs). Everything is walking, including the ‘runs’ and fielding, and a match lasts about two hours. A soft ball is also used.
Walking Cricket is coming to Leeds in July. We have teamed up with the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and a contract with Leeds Community Foundation to deliver a Time to Shine Small Funds project
What is Walking Cricket
Walking cricket is designed to offer over 50s a dedicated game to encourage them to keep active and keep playing the game they love.
It is usually played indoor or outdoors with a softer ball.
The game follows the same format as regular cricket with a bowler bowling a ball towards the stump where a batsman will try their best to play a shot. Players can emulate regular cricket shots and practice all sorts of shots and techniques. From here the game adopts a slower pace with players walking instead of running.
The game of cricket is perfectly positioned to be adapted to a walking version so the game still feels very much like you’re playing cricket, keeping the loyal cricketers happy.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve played cricket all your life or never played once, walking cricket is suited to anyone, any standard.
Just because it is played at a slower pace, doesn’t mean it isn’t a great form of fitness. Being up and about on your feet, moving around, hitting the ball and generally being in the swing of things will undoubtedly start burning calories! An active lifestyle is the easiest way to ensure you avoid the dangers of being sedentary.
Living a fit and healthy life doesn’t just mean going to the gym a few times a week, playing sports and joining in with new activities is an easy and enjoyable way to reap the benefits of fitness.
The benefits of walking cricket extend far beyond fitness – the social aspect can be a great appeal for those looking to join a regular team and enjoy the environment sports clubs offer.
From weekly practices and organised games, to team socials and events, the dynamic of sports teams is a fantastic environment to meet new people and kick-start your social life.
How Long are Walking Cricket Matches?
Walking cricket matches usually last no more than 2 hour.
Friday 23rd July (for 10 weeks)
£3.00 per person
Goals Kirkstall, Redcote Lane off Kirkstall Road, Leeds, LS4 2AW
Enquiries please email Mac Mckechnie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Time to Shine is part of Ageing Better, a programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better aims to develop creative ways for older people to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. It is one of five major programmes set up by The National Lottery Community Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier