Hackney take the Disability Cricket Crown

WNST is delighted to be one of the funding partners of the Lord’s Taverners’ Disability Cricket Championships (LTDCC), alongside the Berkeley Foundation and Sport England.

The programme works with the four county cricket boards covering the Greater London area (Essex, Kent, Surrey and Middlesex), together with local cricket clubs and leading disability charities, to provide young disabled people with the opportunity to take part in organised cricket competitions.    The statistics are well known about the worryingly low number of disabled people (just 18%) who regularly take part in physical sports and activities, especially compared to the 70% who would like to do so.  A lack of suitable opportunities is by far the most common reason given for non-participation – a problem that this programme was specifically designed to address, as well as providing the competitive element that disabled young people want as much as their non-disabled peers.  Since its inception, just a couple of years ago, over 1,000 young people have taken part in the programme – a fantastic achievement.

The finals of this year’s inter-borough representative competition were held at the Kia Oval on 14th September in the prestigious Ken Barrington Indoor Cricket School.  Teams from Greenwich, Westminster, Hackney and Richmond/Hounslow contested the title, with Hackney running out the eventual winners, beating Westminster in a close final tie.  The medals were presented by England Physical Disability (PD) cricketer, Fred Bridges, who one week earlier had been named Man of the Match in England’s PD ICRC T20 final after a win against Pakistan.

The culmination of the season was the LTDCC awards evening, again held at the Kia Oval.  The event was compered by Lord’s Taverners’ President (and former England captain Chris Cowdrey) and attended by around 200 representatives of national cricket bodies, county boards, clubs and charities.  Six awards were made, including one for “Volunteer of the Year, presented by WNST Chief Executive, Stewart Goshawk, to Rhys Archer, for his commitment to supporting disability cricket in East London.

Full details of the awards made can be found here:

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