Tower Hamlets youngsters star at LTDCC awards night
The Kia Oval played host to the inaugural Lord's Taverners Disability Cricket Championships (LTDCC) 2014 awards evening on 9 October.
The LTDCC is aiming to engage over 640 disabled people across 16 London boroughs, specifically targeting those aged 14-25 with a limiting disability, by providing access to regular coaching and competition in local communities over the next three years.
The Lord’s Taverners delivers the programme in an innovative partnership with the County Cricket Boards of Essex, Kent, Middlesex and Surrey, with support from Interactive – the initiative to help achieve disability equality in sport.
The LTDCC will be run in partnership with the Berkeley Foundation – the charity arm of the Berkeley Group – for the next three years, with additional support from the Wembley National Stadium Trust and Sport England.
Three learning and physical disability cricket teams from Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Southwark took part in the LTDCC finals at the Ken Barrington Centre, the Kia Oval on 22 September, where former West Indian legends, including Sir Viv Richards, Joel Garner and Clive Lloyd were in attendance.
As well as presenting the 2014 competition winners, Tower Hamlets, with their championship trophy there were a number of individual awards presented on the night. The winners were:
- Muhammed Jakaria (Player of the Year of the Year)
- Carly Steele (Most Improved Player of the Year)
- Mike Punjabi (Spirit of Cricket Award)
- Alain Jason (Coach of the Year)
Tanya Blake, Enrichment and Mentoring Coordinator, Tower Hamlets College, commented: “Winning these awards means a lot for these young people and playing cricket is giving them more and more opportunities to open other doors. They’ve learnt new skills like teamwork and communicating effectively, and its skills like these that can be translated into real life situations.
“Some of the young people have behavioural problems, so coming together and working as a team and ultimately winning the Lord’s Taverners Disability Cricket Championships as a team is just fantastic for them. Thanks must go to the Lord’s Taverners for giving an opportunity to these young people that wouldn’t have otherwise been available.”
Muhammed Jakaria (Middlesex Disability team) – Player of the Championships - was delighted to win the award, and commenting: “I’m so happy to win the Lord’s Taverners Disability Cricket Championships with Tower Hamlets and to win this award is extra special. Hopefully we can win again next year!”
Rob Perrins – managing director, Berkeley Group added: “We’re delighted to work with the Lord’s Taverners on this project; we like to invest in people, and partnerships like this helps us to make a contribution to communities to help change young people’s lives.”
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