WITH government restrictions allowing for under 18’s to return to training from the 26 April, the local cricket clubs in the area are getting ready to welcome youngsters back through their gates in the coming weeks. Bagenalstown and Carlow have for years fostered young players in the area to play cricket, with many graduating into the senior sides and playing a big part in the clubs’ recent successes.
Youths Cricket Co-ordinator in Bagenalstown, Clive Foot explained that cricket can be a really inclusive sport. “Cricket is a non contact sport and in a way is really inclusive, there’s something for everyone in it. You could be a batsman, you could be good at bowling or fielding or wicket-keeping, there’s something for everyone. You don’t have to be an athlete to take part in cricket, it’s mainly for fun. In the likes of GAA or soccer, you can tend to be forgotten if you’re not on the top team, with cricket, it’s for all abilities, it’s a real community and everyone knows each other and it can just be a really fun time. We’re looking for players aged 8-18 to come and play. We’ll have strict Covid protocols in place, no equipment needed either, we’ll provide everything.”
Bagenalstown are based at McGrath Park and have a full grass pitch whilst Carlow are based at Carlow College and use an artificial strip. Booking is encouraged to secure a spot by messaging the respective Facebook pages.
By Harry Shorthose