As part of Fingal Social Inclusion Week, Saturday the 19th of November saw a group of older adults and young people come together to play and participate in a table cricket competition at North County Cricket Club in Balrothery.
The event was delivered as part of the Cricket4All pilot project that has been ongoing over the last few months through Fingal County Council, Cricket Leinster and Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.
In an event that was attended by the Mayor of Fingal County Council, Howard Mahony, people from community groups in Balbriggan, Skerries and the wider Fingal area, came together to participate in a first of its kind Cricket4All competition in the district.
The competition saw three intergenerational teams part, with two teams taking to the table at a time. While the other team took part in adapted cricket skills and games.
Killian Molloy is the co-ordinator for the pilot project and added that
"Seeing the different generations mixing and playing together was wonderful. It was amazing to see what can be achieved and the relationships that can be built when people of different ages and abilities come together”
Cricket Leinster and Fingal County Council are looking forward to working together in the future to ensure the sustainability of these pilot projects and other social inclusion initiatives.
This project is supported by the Disability Awareness Fund 2021.
Thank you so much for an amazing few hours today. My son Conall from @RushCricketClub had a great time. Thank you everyone who helped run and organize the cricket blitz today. Thanks to everyone who took part too. Great meeting new people. pic.twitter.com/ePdbIV9mZX— david cleary (@dacleary) November 19, 2022
Great to attend the #Cricket4All inter-generational event @NorthCountycc in Balrothery, organised by @cricketleinster, @fingalcommunity & @dcediy.— Robert Burns (@robertburns73) November 19, 2022
Older people & children having fun playing adapted & table cricket together, in the true spirit of being age friendly & inclusion. pic.twitter.com/oWBKAhw7S2
Great to see it Bridgette !! Well done Mark - once again carrying the torch for sports inclusion 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼✊🏼— Maria Curtis (@mellacurtis) November 19, 2022