Lord's Taverners and Berkeley Foundation win award
The Lord's Taverners and its partnership with the Berkeley Foundation (supported by Berkeley Group) was recognised for their combined work in helping to giving disabled young people a sporting chance through their Super 1s programme at the annual Better Society Awards last week.
The awards, which celebrate the efforts that commercial organisations make to create a better society, recognised the work of the Lord's Taverners and Berkeley Foundation in the 'Partnership with a National Children's Charity' category.
In partnership with Berkeley Foundation, the Lord's Taverners launched a new disability cricket programme in 2014, initially in four London boroughs. By 2017, this programme had expanded to include all 32 London boroughs, and in 2018 was launched nationally, rebranded as Super 1s.
In the last year alone, the Berkeley Foundation's partnership with the Lord's Taverners has created opportunities for over 620 disabled young people to play cricket at the right level for them, using an indoor format of the traditional game of cricket, it includes a competitive element through a co-ordinated league and then into a finals day.
Further support from the Berkeley Foundation has helped establish hubs in Warwickshire, and the programme is also being delivered in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Norfolk, Sussex, and Greater Manchester with activity also starting in Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Yorkshire in the coming months.
The competition for this award was tough, with partnerships between many large charities and businesses making the shortlist. It is fantastic to see our partnership with Berkeley Foundation and our Super 1s programme recognised for this award. The final shortlist consisted of:
BCS Consulting & The Brilliant Club
Berkeley Foundation (supported by Berkeley Group) & The Lord's Taverners
CrossCountry & The Scout Association
Jardine Motors Group & Whizz-Kidz
O2 & NSPCC
Redefine|BDL Hotels & Make-A-Wish Foundation
Standard Life Aberdeen & Place2Be
Lord's Taverners Director of Charitable Programmes, Nicky Pemberton, said: "Super 1s not only gives more young people with a disability the opportunity to play cricket, it also provides them with crucial skills that will empower them to live independent and fulfilling lives. This wouldn't have been possible without the support of the Berkeley Foundation, and we are delighted that the fantastic partnership we have has been recognised."