London youngsters head to home of cricket for LTDCC finals
Youngsters from across London will be battling it out at the home of cricket on Friday in the Lord’s Taverners Disability Cricket Championships.
Eight teams have won through to finals day of the London-wide competition and competition is sure to be fierce with teams from Lambeth, Bexley, Newham, Westminster, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Kingston all in action at the Lord’s MCC Cricket Academy.
The Lord’s Taverners Disability Cricket Championships (LTDCC), which aims to provide cricket participation for disabled young people aged 14-25, recently expanded to run across 23 London Boroughs thanks to the support of the Berkeley Foundation, the charitable foundation established and supported by the Berkeley Group, Sport England and the Wembley National Stadium Trust.
Since its launch in 2013, the programme has provided accessible sporting opportunities, and the chance to play competitive cricket, for nearly 2,000 young people with a physical, learning, or sensory disability, across 18 London boroughs.
The year-round cricket programme allows participants to develop their physical fitness as well as confidence, motivation, self-esteem and communication skills, while local people are trained to become qualified coaches to make the programme self-reliant and sustainable.