GCB seeks players for first ever walking cricket programme

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

People aged 55 and over are invited to attend the launch session at the Brightside Ground, Bristol on May 22, 11.30am-12.30pm.

Among those attending is former Gloucestershire player Ian Crawford.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees has also given the new initiative – the first of its kind in the county – 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, all kit is provided and there will be light refreshments afterwards. The launch event will take place in the sports hall at Gloucestershire Cricket’s Brightside Ground before moving to The Park Centre in Knowle West every  Tuesday from May 29 (11.30am-12.30pm).

The new programme is being run by GCB Wicketz development officer Crispin Shingler.

He 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. The sessions are free to people over 55 and I would urge anyone who is interested to come along on the 22nd or get in touch.

“No prior cricket experience is necessary and the sessions will be fun, inclusive and sociable events.” - Crispin Shingler

To find out more about walking cricket please come to the launch session at the Brightside Ground o May 22 or contact Crispin Shingler at crispin.shingler@glosccc.co.uk or 07398211596.