Walking cricket programme launched at The Park

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees unveiling the new walking cricket scheme at The Park at the launch of Bristol Walk Fest. Picture Gloucestershire Cricket Board.

The first ever walking cricket initiative will be launched in Knowle West this May –providing a less physically demanding alternative to the traditional game.

Sessions will take place at The Park in Daventry Road and the programme is being run by the Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB).

The new scheme was unveiled on 23 April at the launch of the Bristol Walk Fest 2018 – with a special demonstration match in which Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees took part.

He said: “…We are committed to making sport and physical activity more inclusive and accessible to all across the city.”

The specially adapted game is played with a soft ball and is designed to appeal to older players.

GCB Chief Executive Steve Silk said: “We’re thrilled to be launching walking cricket as part of Bristol Walk Fest 2018. Walking sports are an accessible way for anyone to get involved with competitive sports and be more physically active. It’s inclusive, social and fun, and a great way to meet new people.”

The GCB’s walking cricket programme will be officially launched at a special event on May 22.

Weekly sessions will then take place at The Park Centre in Daventry Road from 11.30am-12.30pm every Tuesday from 29 May.

No prior cricket experience is necessary and all equipment is provided. For more details contact contact Crispin Shingler at crispin.shingler@glosccc.co.uk or 0739 8211 596.

Bristol Walk Fest features over 150 walks and events planned during May. Visit https://www.bristolwalkfest.com/

Picture from Wicketz Bristol.