The English invented cricket - now it's time for us to reinvent the sport so that young people in every town and city can play, starting in Portsmouth!
Forget green fields and whites - Cage Cricket is a fast-paced version of the game designed for confined urban spaces, and we want to help communities launch it across the country.
The 'cage' is a walled or fenced-off concrete area, and can be adapted from one of the 12,500 multi-use games areas around the UK, a tennis court or any space the size of a basketball court.
The rules are simple: six people play at once, and it’s every person for themselves. Players rotate round, batting, bowling and fielding across four zones.
Everybody bats for six overs, and each time they're out they lose a point. You score when you bat, when you bowl and when you field.
Uniquely, it's the only form of competitive cricket played as an individual. One format is played across all levels, abilities and ages.
With your help we can launch this exciting new sport! To show your support please click Update Me above and we'll be in touch as soon as fundraising starts!
What we'll do:
- Build a new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) specifically designed for Cage Cricket in a disused tennis court.
Why it's a great idea:
Cage Cricket overcomes the barriers that prevent most people playing cricket: lack of time, space, money and the sport's old-school elitist image.
The game allows people of all ages to get involved, regardless of where they live or their background. Players will also be encouraged to design their own bats and logos, engaging the kind of creativity seen in skateboarding and BMX.
A lot of public money has been spent on sport, but money from the top isn't always delivering results. Despite £25 million of funding given to the Lawn Tennis Association by Sport England, for instance, the number of people playing tennis has dropped by a quarter since 2008 and there are an estimated 10,000 unused tennis courts in the UK.
In a year where the world's eyes are on sport in the UK, it's the perfect time for us to get more people involved in the UK's favourite summer sport.
Want Cage Cricket near you and know of a space? Just create your own project page on Spacehive and we'll get in touch!
How we'll get it done:
- Lease the land from the council
- Hire Arnold Brickwork Ltd to build a specifically designed Cage Cricket Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)
- Buy equipment from a supplier.
In trials across prisons and with people suffering from autism, the highly structured nature of the sport has also shown to offer potentially great benefits around rehabilitiation and improving people’s communications skills.
Cage Cricket is a 'street to elite' model which means that in the future, we're planning for it to be played in arenas by star players.
Any costs overruns will be absorbed by Arnold Brickwork Ltd.
Any surplus funds will be spent on more equipment such as bats and balls for the cage.
Cage Cricket Foundation is a registered charity.
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- Southsea, Portsmouth
- About the space
- Disused tennis court at Southsea Tennis Club.
Portsmouth City Council (Support indicated)