Pupils at Brimsham Green School will be representing Gloucestershire at Lord’s on 7 June at the Lord’s Taverners National Table Cricket Finals.

The Yate-based school are heading to the home of cricket to battle it out against eleven other schools as they look to be crowned champions of the national competition organised by the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, the Lord’s Taverners.

And thanks to the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Ford who support the competition, the Gloucestershire school will be hoping to lift a trophy at Lord’s this summer.

Brimsham Green teacher, Liza Wilby, said: "Table Cricket means so much to our pupils because it gives them a competitive sport that they can excel in. Through competing at the county and regional tournaments they have met so many different people and it has made them see what an amazing sport it is. They are extremely proud to be representing their school at the National Finals."

The Lord’s Taverners table cricket competition now in its 21st year and working with 39 county cricket boards across the UK, saw more than 450 schools took part in the 10 regional heats to qualify for the finals.

Played on a table tennis table with side panels and sliding fielders, a ball launcher, weighted plastic ball and wooden bat, table cricket enables young people with severe physical and learning disabilities to enjoy cricket and represent their school on a competitive basis.

The game not only gives opportunities for competitive play and social integrations, it also improves life-skills including self-confidence, independence and social skills. An enhanced role for the captain also allows for the development of leadership skills.

The Lord’s Taverners aim to enhance the lives of disadvantaged and disabled young people through sport and recreation. Its programmes create a wide range of opportunities to engage in sport and recreational activities in their communities.