Cambridge cricketers inspire the community

The Cambridge University Sports Centre played host to our second university-style Power House Games on 15 March.

Mills & Reeve provided the sponsorship and volunteers who captained the 12 teams all in different colours.  These captains were joined by two blues’ squads cricketers, one from the Women’s team and one from the Men’s; and students from the Perse, Comberton Village College and Castle Special School, making an extremely diverse team of 6 – true inclusion!

The teams played inclusive and adapted sports boccia, goalball, basketball, walking football and to meet the cricket theme: table cricket and kwik cricket.

Cricketer Holly Tasker explained, “It has been a real eye-opener to see how the community can come together and to see how people with such a variety of disabilities can live their lives. It was the sort of event that restores my faith in humanity.  It is great to see how we can adapt the sports to make them inclusive for everyone. It has been an awesome experience – super inspiring.”

These events – this cricket one follows a Rugby Club one last autumn, and others are planned – are perfect examples of what we are about: Inclusion.  Not only are we breaking down barriers between able-bodied and disabled players, but also between men and women, across the ages and between different types of school.

Nick Brooking, the University’s Director of Sport, emphasised the value of learning these softer skills: “They form an integral part of our goal of greater promotion of the wider, positive aspects of recreational activity for health, educational and social benefits.”

Kevin Martin, PE teacher at Castle Special School, said: “A great day. Our kids loved it!”

Sam Ash Croft, trainee solicitor, added: “It was tremendous fun to be a part of and gave me (and many others from Mills & Reeve) a genuinely moving experience of community, for which I am very grateful.”

So far 150 people have taken part in these “Power House Games”.  With plans for the football, rowing and golf clubs to join the programme, the university is introducing the community to the Sports Centre and current students to the community and inspiring local youngsters to dream big.