Read about our impact in 2017
There are 4.6m young people in the UK living in poverty or with a disability. Through the continued expansion of our programmes we're working towards reducing these numbers. We are creating more opportunities than ever before for young people from deprived areas and those with disabilities to engage in sport and recreation in their local communities.
Last year, we invested £4.4m in new equipment, facilities, resources and the significant expansion of our cricket programmes. The number of hubs running our Wicketz programme more than doubled in 2017, giving more disadvantaged young people than ever the chance to play cricket. In addition, disability cricket coaching and competitions are now being held in every London borough and the programme has expanded out of the capital to four new locations around the UK.
Our latest Impact Report illustrates the difference we have made in 2017. This year we have:
- Provided 3,931 coaching sessions across both of our disability cricket programmes
- Given 7,811 young people with disabilities the chance to play cricket through our disability cricket programmes
- Seen nearly 600 young people take part in our Wicketz programme on a weekly basis
- Recycled over 4,100 items of kit to 14 countries
- Donated 43 minibuses
- Installed 42 sensory and play equipment facilities
- Donated 73 sports wheelchairs
In 2018, we aim to expand all of our cricket programmes and continue to support special educational needs (SEN) schools and organisations by providing specially adapted minibuses, play spaces and sports wheelchairs. This year we will be expanding our disability cricket programme to a further five locations nationwide and start the delivery of table cricket in Northern Ireland with a view to creating a four nations competition.
Paul Robin, Lord's Taverners CEO, said: “It’s a very exciting time for the charity with our cricket programmes expanding significantly every year. More than 300 schools now play table cricket across 30 county boards, our Disability Cricket programme is now being delivered in London, Birmingham and Manchester with a further three locations set to be active by the end of 2018, while Wicketz is now delivered in 13 locations across the UK with more to come.
I would encourage you all to read our 2017 Impact Report which illustrates the lasting impact we’re having on the lives of disadvantaged and disabled young people. You’ll read about all of our charitable work in 2017, our future plans and just some of the inspirational stories from those whose lives we’ve changed for the better. Your support is ensuring that disadvantaged young lives are being improved every day. I am sure that fills you with pride and rightly so!”
To view our 2017 impact report in full, please click here.