_59484180_cricket-624x351MORE than 70 children from seven schools took part in Frenchay CC’s first disability cricket day. 

Pupils from across Bristol and South Gloucestershire attended a fun-packed day designed to encourage players to join the newly created disability cricket section based at the club.

The players spent the morning receiving given expert tuition from qualified coaches on a range of skills including batting, bowling and catching before being given the opportunity to take part in matches during the afternoon.

The day followed on from sessions run by Gloucestershire Cricket Board coaches in schools earlier in the year.

GCB projects and programmes manager Chris Munden, who has been instrumental in increasing opportunities for cricketers with a disability said: “It was great to see so many children taking part and enjoying the game. For many of them it will have been their time playing at a proper cricket club and I hope that it will encourage them to join Frenchay and take part in cricket outside school.

“It is fantastic that we are now able to offer more opportunities for people with a disability than ever before. The clubs and schools have been really supportive and it is great to see things going from strength to strength.”

Coaching sessions for people with a learning and/or physical disability start at Frenchay on May 13 and there are also disability cricket teams at Hatherley and Reddings in Cheltenham and Frocester CC near Stroud. Work is currently underway to establish a Gloucestershire representative side for people with a disability.

The day was run by volunteers from Frenchay CC and supported by the GCB. It included pupils from mainstream schools including Colston’s Girls, Brimsham Green and Holy Family Primary and children from Culverhill, New Fosseway, Kingsweston and New Siblands special schools.

School games organiser Jane Hawkes from New Siblands school said it had been a great day for pupils and staff alike.

She said: “Attending such events has a positive impact on PE and sport within the school; it provides training for staff in new ideas that can be used in curriculum and during lunch time. Pupils have an opportunity to participate at prestigious venues and socialise with pupils from other schools.”

For more information on disability cricket in Gloucestershire please contact Chris Munden on 07557 924941.
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