What is Super 1s?
Super 1s gives young people aged 12-25 with disabilities the chance to regularly play cricket. By creating community cricket hubs for young people to receive coaching from county cricket boards, we give participants the chance to compete against peers and enjoy the benefits of sport and an active lifestyle.
For many young people with disabilities throughout the UK, opportunities to take part in regular competitive sport can be extremely limited. Super 1s provides these opportunities and helps young people to improve their physical and mental well-being while making friends and engaging with positive role models.
The programme aims to:
- develop the physical and mental well-being of players
- help players make friends and engage with positive role models
- provide an environment for competition amongst peers
How does it work?
The competition provided by Super 1s gives participants a real sense of achievement, with many of the county and regional finals being held at iconic cricketing venues including Edgbaston, Emirates Old Trafford and Lord’s.
Launched in 2013, Super 1s was initially introduced in four London boroughs and is now delivered in all 32. It is also now active in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Norfolk and Sussex. In late 2017, the programme expanded into Greater Manchester and Warwickshire before moving into Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Yorkshire towards the end of 2018.
How it helps young people
Super 1s provides young people with a chance to realise their potential, both on and off the pitch. It enables them to discover what they can do, not what they can't, and become role models for their peers.
Engaging in regular sport helps all young people develop personal skills, including confidence, leadership and independence. For young people with disabilities the opportunity to do this can be very limited.
England stars help launch Super 1s:
CASE STUDY: Joseph's story
Joseph, who has autism and dyspraxia, first attended Super 1s in Hampshire in 2018. His mum, Sarah-Jane, highlights the postive impact the programme has had on her son, below:
For more information about table cricket please email Mark Bond, Disability Cricket Project Manager, or call on 020 7025 0020.