Walking Cricket is a slower paced, low impact format of the game ideal for men and women aged 50+It is the perfect way to remain involved with the game and meet new people, all whilst staying active.
We launched Walking Cricket during the 2018 Bristol Walk Fest and have run free weekly sessions ever since.
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 open to anyone 50+ male or female and are completely free. No prior cricket experience necessary, just a willingness to have a go and meet new people.
Details of current sessions:
- Weekly sessions on Thursdays
- 3pm to 4pm at the Bristol County Ground, BS7 9EJ (Sports Hall)
- All equipment provided and players are asked to dress appropriately for activity and to bring a drink. Simply turn up and play.
Crispin Shingler / Community Development Manager
Cricket has always been a part of Crispin’s life. Before becoming part of the Gloucestershire Cricket Family, he saw first-hand how engaging in cricket can have a positive impact on people’s lives.
In London, Crispin worked with several charities aiming to transform people’s lives for the better through either cricket or drama. He delivered a range of programmes to adults, young people, and community groups going into various establishments such as care homes, prisons, and alternative learning providers.
He originally joined the GCF as the Wicketz Development Officer for Bristol, using cricket as a development tool for young people from low-income households, and has a background in fundraising, with a focus on corporate partnerships.
As Community Development Manager, Crispin’s main responsibility is to grow the GCF community cricket programmes; Wicketz, ACE, disability cricket and walking cricket, while creating and sourcing funding for new fun, inclusive and impactful cricket for good programmes that enhance the lives of people, while bringing communities together throughout Gloucestershire.
Crispin continues to play cricket for his village and leads the club’s youth section.