For 2021 ECB have launched the Disability Cricket Champion Clubs, an initiative to help Clubs create time and space for members of their community with different needs and helping them to enjoy cricket.
The programme will support Clubs with guidance, resources and equipment which will allow them to confidently welcome individuals with additional needs and varying abilities and help them to play, follow, officiate and volunteer.
‘This new programme is a great idea and has so much potential’ said Brian Gasking (Community Cricket Disability Officer). ‘Everybody should have the to opportunity to play a sport that they enjoy and this will help anyone with additional needs to feel part of a Club and part of a community’.
Every Disability Cricket Champion Club will have access to ECB funding, supporting the promotion and delivery of their inclusive sessions. Clubs will also receive a free kit bag, containing adapted plastic playing equipment, as well as additional equipment for coaching drills and games, backed up with access to online resources for sessions.
If you’d like to find more information on how to become a Disability Cricket Champion Club, please click here.
We encourage any club with an interest in applying to first make contact with Brian Gasking, as successful clubs will also receive support from Kent Cricket to help make the sessions a success, through integration with our schools programmes and disability squads.