Special Needs Programme

  • 5 week Kwik Cricket and Table Cricket coaching programme delivered in schools
  • Delivering continued professional development for teachers to use in their PE lessons
  • Introduce children to the games of Kwik Cricket and Table Cricket, giving them the opportunity to learn new skills and play on a regular basis
  • Provide competitive sport against other schools through a Table Cricket tournament held at Nottingham Trent University
  • Cricket & Countryside Education Days at the Belvoir Estate to give schools the opportunity to bring their pupils to learn from sports specialists, ECB Level 2 and 3 coaches, and countryside educationalists such as the huntsman, fishing experts and the birds of prey keepers


2018 Outcomes

  • Reached a total of 323 children from 12 schools
  • Delivered the Kwik Cricket programme to 60 children in 4 schools
  • Delivered the Table Cricket programme to 158 children in 12 schools
  • 6 schools and 60 children took part in the 2018 Table Cricket tournament run in conjunction with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Board
  • 4 schools brought 45 children to the Belvoir Estate on a Cricket & Countryside Education Day
  • 92 hours of curriculum coaching delivered and CPD opportunities provided to school staff
  • The Table Cricket programme was supported by the Lord’s Taverners

Quotes from the schools

‘It has allowed our children to learn new sports related skills, work as part of a team, participate incompetitions and learn to win and lose and most importantly develop their social skills and reduce social anxiety when travelling to competitions and meeting other competitors and adults. The key to this is obviously the opportunity offered by Belvoir Cricket Trust, but the main praise has to go to the coach Darren whose knowledge of the game, exemplary delivery/coaching style and rapport with the children always puts our children at ease in an environment that would otherwise create heightened anxiety within our children.’

Will Appleton – PE, Health and Well-being Mentor, Redgate Primary School, Mansfield

‘The countryside day based at Knipton and Belvoir was, as ever, an awe and wonder moment for our pupils. After a cricket-based game at Knipton that even the most reluctant were able to enjoy, the birds of prey opportunity challenged them, and most were able to manage their anxiety and handle the bird. Finishing off
with the hounds and horses of the hunt was a perfect finale and all of the pupils left having had a fantastic day. One pupil admitted that having initially saying she didn’t want to come, she had had a great day and would be asking for a bird of prey for Christmas!

Thank you to the Trust, particularly Darren, for all the support in broadening the horizons and opportunities for our pupils.’

Sarah Barrett – Director of Provision, Beech Academy, Mansfield

2019 Aims

  • Build upon the links with the Lord’s Taverners, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Board and the Leicestershire County Cricket Board to increase the delivery of our Table Cricket programme
  • Increase our numbers to over 500 children taking part in the programme
  • Increase the number of schools participating in the table cricket competition to 10 schools
  • Increase the number of schools visiting the Belvoir Estate to take part in a Cricket & Countryside Day to 8 schools