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Free Disability Awareness Cricket Day

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THE Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation are staging a free Disability Awareness Cricket Day at Stroud on Sunday (16th) to highlight the sport and how people can become involved.

The event is open to anyone who would like to have a go at batting, bowling, fielding and catching with the support of coaches while watching Gloucestershire County Disability Cricket teams playing a showcase game.

Jeanette Tate, the Disability Development Officer at the Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation, said: “We want to show just how brilliant cricket is for people living with disabilities and their families.

“Having a day like this is not only a great day out for all the family, but it also demonstrates anyone can play the game, as it’s so adaptable, inclusive, and most important of all, fun.

“What better way for people to be aware of Disability Cricket than invite them to try it out for themselves, engage with our coaches, while watching our elite County Disability Cricket Teams play at one of the grounds where our county matches are played?”

The day starts at 10am with a friendly soft ball cricket tournament for the participants of the GCF’s community cricket programme, Super1s, prior to the County Disability Cricket Teams playing at 1pm.

Food and refreshments will be available throughout the day along with free parking.

The Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation delivers cricket in almost 30 SEND settings across Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and Bristol.

They also offer free softball cricket sessions for young people with disabilities aged between 12 – 25 at their community cricket hubs, known as Super 1s, in Stroud, Cheltenham, the Forest of Dean, and South Gloucestershire, which are funded by the Lord’s Taverners.

Those who want a more competitive experience can trial for the County Disability Cricket Teams, in the off season, in both soft and hard ball formats.

Crispin Shingler, Community Development Manager, said: “The Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation wants to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy cricket. We are really looking forward to our Disability Awareness Cricket Day as it is the best way to introduce people to the game and supports our drive to build our inclusive participation programmes to inspire anyone to play and get involved.”

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