Sight loss in cricket doesn’t stop play for Tower Hamlets schools

Wearing glasses which simulate sight loss while using a noise-making ball to feel what it's like pla

Wearing glasses which simulate sight loss while using a noise-making ball to feel what it's like playing cricket blind - Credit: TH Council

Children have been finding out how to play cricket if you are blind or partially-sighted.

Primary schools in London’s East End held a “visually impaired” match where the children wore ‘sim specs’—special glasses which simulate sight loss—while using a noise-making larger ball.

It was staged for Year-5 pupils from St Peter’s London Docks Primary in Wapping and Marion Richardson Primary in Stepney as part of a year of parasports in Tower Hamlets schools where children with special needs or disabilities try out sports including archery and canoeing, as well as cricket.

Tower Hamlets Deputy Mayor Rachael Saunders, the council’s cabinet member for education, said: “The 2012 Paralympics have left an important legacy for east London, which continues with programmes like this. The children had a good match and benefitted tremendously.”

The match was coached by England International blind cricketer Hassan Khan, with professional scorer Paul Topliss keeping score.