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In partnership with the Lord’s Taverners we currently have three Super 1s hubs which provide community-based cricketing opportunities, both competitive and coaching, for young people with disabilities. Here we use the power of cricket as a tool for change, increasing confidence, communication, leadership and independence in the participants. The hubs will also oversee other disability initiatives including Table Cricket, Champion clubs and the disability pathway which directly contribute to the disability strategy with the ECB / Lord’s Taverners. The venues are in Conwy, Newport and Haverfordwest.
Some the aims are to deliver:-
- an inclusive programme that develops participant’s personal skills and future prospects using cricket as its engagement tool
- cricket opportunities for all players of all standards
- a year-round Super 1s competition that engages all disability community hubs
- a sustainable pathway for higher ability players through increased Super 9s and County squad provision, and signpost players through the existing County squad pathway
- engage relevant schools, colleges and community groups to become active in Table Cricket and train and upskill teachers
To engage with one of these hubs contact here
ECB Champion Clubs
There were 5 ECB Champion Clubs in Wales, who were the early adopters of this scheme in 2021; Port Talbot Town, Haverfordwest, Whitchurch Heath, Lisvane & Colwyn Bay.
ECB are looking to expand this programme again in 2022. You can find out more about this initiative in the video below and register your interest in becoming an ECB Champion Club in 2022 with your Area Team:
Cricket Wales currently has 4 development centres running in Haverfordwest, Llanelli, Cardiff and Swansea for Disability Cricket and an elite players development programme, we also have 10 Cricket clubs where players with a Disability are playing mainstream cricket.
We would like more clubs to consider improving links with Disabled cricketers by providing coaching facilities and ultimately opportunities to play.
For information about Disability Cricket please get in touch; Contact Les Randall on [email protected]
Information about becoming a Disability Champion Inclusive Club
Cricket is an inclusive sport by its nature – a sport that many people play, follow and have a passion for being involved in.
Across Wales we wish to support cricket clubs to open their gates and deliver cricket opportunities for those with disabilities.
Cricket Wales will support cricket clubs through guidance, training and resources. This will enable them to welcome individuals with additional needs and varying abilities to support them in playing, following, officiating and/or volunteering to create a truly equitable club game and providing fantastic new opportunities for cricketers.
Cricket Wales will provide ongoing assistance supporting clubs to create links with their local schools and service providers. Cricket Wales will also signpost players to further opportunities and support clubs to arrange match-play opportunities.
Cricket Wales will also help in accessible coaching sessions and resources to assist with participants and running engaging sessions.
These sessions will help contribute towards the club becoming InSport accredited.
The InSport club programme is part of the broader InSport project, which aims to support the physical activity, sport, and leisure sectors delivering inclusively of disabled people. Disability Sport Wales know that the majority of adults get to experience great quality sport opportunity within a club environment, and that disabled people may not want to just play sport within a disability sport or impairment specific club or session. The purpose for the InSport club programme is therefore to support clubs in developing their provision so that it includes disabled people with clubs structures which provide the best opportunities to the community, increase participation and membership, enable larger sections of the community to become involved within a voluntary governance role, and continue to provide great sport across Wales.
What do you need to become a Disability Inclusive Cricket Club
- A Club Safeguarding Officer.
- Trained first aider on site at all sessions.
- Accessible facilities – if this provision is not currently in place Cricket Wales will support you to address this.
- A commitment from the club to provide a fun and welcoming environment for all.
- Adequate space to run an additional section.
- Full and evidenced support of the club committee.
- At least one qualified coach to lead the sessions.
Funding & Other Support
Cricket Wales works closely with Disability Sport Wales and is currently purusing the Insport Silver accreditation.
As part of our ongoing partnership with DSW. we have secured access to the UK DIT Level 1 course at a discounted rate. If you are prioritising Disability Cricket at your club and would like further details on this offer, please contact your Area Team.
Being an inclusive cricket club may also help you assist you to a number of funding streams and grants from local authorities.
If you are interested in becoming an Disability Inclusive Cricket Club, please contact Les Randall:
[email protected] / 07519 929650