Essex launch disability association
The Essex board has successfully established the Essex Disability Cricket Association.
It is hoped that the work of the association will encourage everyone with a disability to have the opportunity of playing cricket.
In Essex there are currently eight cricket clubs running a disability section. There are also five county squads covering physical and learning disabilities and visual impairment, giving opportunities for both juniors and adults.
Former England captain Graham Gooch has agreed to be president of the association, whose aims are as follows:
• To help promote cricket for people with disabilities across Essex.
• To support clubs that offer or would like to offer cricket to people with disabilities.
• To work with partners to ensure we reach our target audience.
• To help raise funds to allow the development of disability cricket to grow.
• To raise the profile of disability cricket across Essex.
• To provide good practice and examples of good practice for cricket and other sports.
• To apply for funding to run “sports days” with special schools.
• To link into local authorities to run and support events.
• To link into youth clubs/support clubs to run and support events.
• To work with facilities to increase provision for people with disabilities.