"I just want to say what a great day it was at the National Street20 finals. You had over 200 kids from all over the uk engaging in sport in a safe environment, & thanks for inviting me to give a talk about drugs & knife crime. Since then I've had some really positive messages from the youngters on my web site . I also think what you are doing is fantastic as your giving these kids the opportunity to play sport and be educated at the same time and i am sure between us we changed some lives and pointed alot of them in the right direction P.S Didn't see 1 unhappy face all day the whole place was full of smiles ."
Fitness fun(?) for C4C and The Lord's Taverners
Jan 31, 2012
One cold morning in mid December two leading cricket charities, The Lord’s Taverners and Cricket for Change (TLT &C4C - working together on a 3yr sport for development partnership) have been working on their fitness, muscular, strength and endurance consistently throughout the year.
Mike Henderson, C4C's Fitness Professional, takes up the story:
Waking whilst it was still dark the teams headed towards the venue, ‘St James’s Park.’
At 0730hrs sharp the event begins. Rules are explained, exercises & events demonstrated.
The two captains shake hands and ‘TLT’ won the coin toss and chose their ‘Pavilion’.
The first event was, ‘Suicides with burpees’, to complete 1 suicide, each contestant had to complete three 15 yard shuttle runs there and back, this would have to be repeated 10 times. After completing two suicides 10 Burpees had to be performed.
It seemed like ,’TLT’ got off to a brilliant start, as this aerobic event started, yet this challenges ones mental focus as well, as counting how many suicides have been completed is vital. Which C4C took full advantage of, taking 1st, 2nd & 3rd, scooping up valuable points in the opening event!
The next 9 events were performed over 1 minute. Each team were allowed a one 45 second break where they could return to their pavilion to get refreshments, whilst the opposition had to remain at their station without moving and no refreshments.
This was an all round test of Muscular, Strength & Endurance for most muscle groups in the body and at the end of this phase of the competition, TLT were ahead.
The relay event was now becoming crucial as the winner would take all!
The relay began, crawling forward then backwards; then Burpees, then sprinting to complete the 45 yard distance. Speed and Agility; moving tennis balls between cones. Coordination; jumping through two hoops and a 75 yard dash to finish. 5 contestants from each team were chosen.
C4C had the lead up to the last but the anchor woman from TLT, made up ground to cross the line of the 75 yard dash first, But, to complete the event, all team members had to be in their Pavilion to complete and as the anchor lady of TLT, delightedly crashed to the ground after her valiant effort did not make it to the TLT pavilion in time and as her opponent on the last leg powered on to reclaim the lead make it to the Pavilion and so win the event.
A thrilling & exciting finished which I (Mike Henderson) felt proud to adjudicate. Having been on the fitness journey with both team, it was fantastic to see the effort and commitment put into each discipline. It is amazing to have seen fitness levels of all participants improve from when the fitness first started some 12 months prior.
Cricket for Change were victorious this time, however The Lord’s Taverners can hold their heads high, taking 1st & 2nd in the individual performances. A rematch is planned for the summer.
WELL DONE GUYS & GIRLS - HEALTH IS WEALTH