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Disability Cricket Champion Clubs

The Disability Cricket Champion Club initiative is designed to help clubs create time and space for members of their community with different needs to enjoy the game of cricket.

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What is a Disability Cricket Champion Club?

Cricket is an inclusive sport by its nature; a sport that many people play, follow and have a passion for, for life. Across England and Wales, the ECB wish to support cricket clubs to open their gates and deliver cricket opportunities for those with disabilities. The Disability Cricket Champion Club Programme will support cricket clubs through guidance, resource and equipment, enabling them to welcome individuals with additional needs and varying abilities to support them to play, follow, officiate and volunteer. Creating a truly equitable club game and providing fantastic new opportunities for cricketers and for the Champion Clubs.

 

 

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Equipment

Every Disability Cricket Champion Club will receive a free kit bag, containing plastic playing equipment and a range of balls and markers to help facilitate coaching drills and games.

Adapted and easy to use equipment can play a crucial role in enabling coaches to ensure that everyone is involved and able to enjoy the game.

Every centre that registers and goes on to be selected to be a Disability Cricket Champion Club will receive a free pack, including:

1 x ECB kit bag
4 x bats
4 x sets of stumps
12 x plastic balls
15 x tennis balls
2 x large tennis balls
1 x large tennis ball with ball-bearings (audible)
24 x cones
12 x PVC Line markers
2 x 10m ropes

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Resources

There are a range of online resources to assist with attracting participants and running engaging and accessible sessions. We have a large online portal of drills, games and coaching tips for you to access and use. For more information, please visit the clubs and coaches sections.

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Funding

All Disability Cricket Champion Clubs will be able to access ECB funding to support the promotion and delivery of their inclusive cricket sessions.

Clubs will be able to apply for up to £500 seed funding in their first year, to deploy experienced coaches*; purchase more adapted equipment; or help to promote inclusive cricket sessions.

*A club coach must assist a paid coach to build future sustainability of the programme.

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Support

The ECB and your local County Cricket Board will provide ongoing assistance supporting clubs to create links with their local schools and service providers; signposting players to further opportunities and supporting clubs to arrange match-play opportunities.

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What do you need to become a Disability Cricket Champion Club?

- To be affiliated to ECB via your County Cricket Board (CCB)
- A Constitution
- Valid Buildings, Contents & Public Liability Insurance
- Security of Tenure – Leasehold, Freehold or Rental Agreement (minimum of one year)
- A Club Welfare Officer
- Trained first aider on site at all sessions
- Accessible facilities - If this provision is not currently in place, the ECB will support you to address this
- A commitment from the club to provide a fun and welcoming environment for all
- Adequate space to run an additional section
- Full support of the club committee
- At least one qualified coach to lead the sessions

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Apply to become a Disability Cricket Champion Club

For guidance notes and to apply to become a Disability Cricket Champion Club please click below

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