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Cage Cricket 4 All CIC

Cage Cricket is a new, exciting, fast-paced urban form of cricket, which embraces the core values of street sport – creativity, inclusiveness, adaptability and identity. It breaks down traditional barriers to participation in the sport for people of all abilities. It has been designed to develop core life and social skills as well as cricketing competence, and has been piloted successfully in schools and communities in different parts of the UK. The aim is for Cage Cricket to be used widely by outreach and development organisations working in the areas of health, well-being and social inclusion. This has included specific programmes working with Dementia Groups and producing academic research on the benefits of playing Cage for anyone living with dementia.

9 March 2017
South East
Care, Charity, Children Young People and Students, Community organisations, Education Sector, Faith Groups, Health, Medical, Recreation, Schools, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Isle of Wight Dementia Action Alliance, Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance, Dementia Friendly Southampton (Southampton DAA)

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Key Benefits:

Each player is always fully involved in the game throughout play.The play sequence ensures every player does each activity (batting, bowling, fielding and umpiring) in equal measure.The playing of Cage Cricket produces positive outcomes regarding the growth of the individual’s personal, social and emotional development.

Beneficial Aspects

Uniquely, Cage Cricket is a game for individuals, not teams, and is therefore very simple to organise and play.

Providing beneficial aspects for all, Cage Cricket is ideally suited to:

Disabled- it is zonal, target driven and does not involve running between the wickets

Adults- gives access to continued sporting participation, health and well-being.

Older Adult Groups– the zonal structure of Cage Cricket, and the absence of running between the wickets, provides a full social and sporting work-out inclusive for all.

Marginalised in Society– Cage Cricket actively embraces engagement with life’s disenfranchised and marginalised communities, providing opportunities and recording beneficial outcomes. 


Leadership                            Responsibility                       Respect / Value

Communication                    Decisions under pressure   Social Skills

 Ownership                             Concentration / Focus

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The challenges are that no two people are alike and that each session of Cage Cricket is a blank canvas in terms of expectations and outputs.

However, we turn each challenge into a positive learning scenario from which we can develop and enhance the playing experience for others by turning anecodatal evidence into specifically documented personal feedback.

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2. Actions

  • Raise awareness of dementia

    All staff and volunteers will become dementia friends to ensure that they have an awareness of dementia. Dementia Friends Sessions will be included in our induction processes.

  • Be flexible and inclusive of anyone who wants to play

    At all times we will be ready to adapt the game of Cage Cricket to ensure that people with dementia are actively encouraged and freely feel able to participate, regardless of any previous experience.

  • Open up sessions to the whole family

    We will establish Buddy Scheme sessions, particularly with family members, offering the opportunity to take part alongside anyone living with dementia.

  • Work with other partners to ensure the best services possible

    We will continue to work with partners to offer non Cage Cricket activities, such as Memory Days at the Ageas Bowl with 1864 – A Hampshire Cricket Supporters Club, which will increase opportunities for engagement, stimulation and respite as well as increase academic understandings through the growth of and development in programmes with partners such as Bournemouth University, The Alzheimer’s Society, The Royal British Legion and others.

    Being implemented
  • Evaluate and monitor our actions

    We will review our actions on a regular basis, with a formal review taking place and being collated not less than once annually, to ensure that these pledges are maintained and developed for the benefit of all affected by those living with dementia.