VIDEO: WARRINGTON Sports Club’s Junior Cricket Club Chairman Tom Jones has launched a special Stay at Home Cricket channel on You Tube to help keep youngsters active during lockdown.
Prior to lockdown was busy with pre season practice sessions for yungsters at Bridgewater High School and was preparing for the upcoming start of the outdoor season. This all came to an abrupt halt. No more practices ; no games; no start to the season. No cricket….
“It was then I thought to myself why don’t I start sharing some videos on my Facebook Page Cricket Coach 365 (@365cricketcoach), of cricket games and activities that my son and I can do at home and call it #stayathomecricket? And so the idea was formed and we started recording. We could bring cricket to people’s homes via the power of videoIn the first few days there was the inevitable toilet roll challenge adapted for cricket to do, followed by a series of simple games that they played mostly in their back garden (which is not the biggest) and recorded to share on Facebook and Instagram.
“I then came up with the idea of creating a You Tube Channel (https://youtu.be/pEoA78JTRjM) to play host to all the videos, as by now I had hatched the idea to create 28 videos ie one a day for four weeks. So, much to the initial embarrassment of my sons, Cricket Coach 365 YT Channel was born.
“We then continued to play, record, post and download for the next week or two before I thought of the idea of designing a set of activity cards as a way of accompanying the videos and within a few days the “Special Edition Stay at Home Cricket” activity cards was created: 28 cards to match the 28 videos.
The final piece of the process was to set up a way for people to purchase the cards on line which they can now do via our website https://www.cricketcoach365.co.uk
“So now the whole package is available: online videos to look at the games in action accompanied by activity cards which provide suggested instructions as to how to set the games up. We have even started doing some videos showing how the games can be adapted if you are really limited for space or have no access to cricket equipment.
“The main purpose of this is and has always been to bring some fun into people’s homes during lockdown and for those families who like their cricket to provide them with some ideas as to how to spend some time getting active, getting creative and taking part in #stayathomecricket.”