Two new disability cricket hubs launch in Manchester
Last week, two new hubs offering disability cricket opened up in the new location of Greater Manchester. The hub in Salford started on Saturday at the Old Trafford Sports Barn, and the hub in Oldham was launched the previous Monday (15 January). The projects will offer regular cricket sessions for young people with disabilities who otherwise wouldn't have access to competitive sport. There are three more hubs planned to open this spring in Manchester, Wigan and Tameside, which will take us half way to our goal of having a hub in every borough of Greater Manchester by 2020.
This comes as part of the national expansion of the Lord's Taverners Disability Cricket programme, aiming to provide more opportunities for young people with disabilities across the UK to access sport. This expansion began in 2017, as the programme spread outside of London, and in to Sussex, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Warwickshire.
Two hubs in Warwickshire started at the end of 2017 in Edgbaston, Birmingham and in Leamington Spa, with another hub in King's Heath starting in the next month. Two further disability cricket hubs in Warwickshire will open after Easter in Coventry and Moseley.
Taster sessions are being delivered to a number of schools and Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs) to help spread awareness of the opportunities the hubs create and encourage young people to attend.
A new full time, dedicated role has been created for a disability development officer in Gloucestershire, to deliver the programme that is coming to the county later in the year. To bring our national disability cricket programme under one umbrella, we shall be rebranding in the coming months and launching our new Super 1s programme.