South West Manchester CC, based in Chorlton, will run cricket sessions for people with disabilities and it is hoped the club will become a centre for disability cricket in the area.
The club were recently successful in securing £4,000 from Access Sport as part of their disability sport legacy project called Ignite. This project is supported by Sport England and other partners which include Manchester City Council. For the Lancashire Cricket Board, there is a gap in the area to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in cricket and this fits perfectly with the LCB’s priorities of providing more local opportunities for disabled people with a broad range of cricket and related activities.
Ralph Aldred of South West Manchester CC said: "South West Manchester CC are delighted to have been chosen to run disability cricket in conjunction with the Manchester City Council's Ignite programme. This will be a huge boost to anyone between the ages of 12 to 25 with a disability to get involved in cricket with ECB qualified coaches at no cost to themselves. Sessions will begin in January at Lancashire County Cricket Club's state of the art Indoor Cricket Centre, dates and times to be confirmed."
Bobby Denning, Acting Director of the LCB, added: "This is a welcome development in the City and adds to the current development programmes led by our Manchester Cricket Development Co-ordinator Rob Tipping and the Manchester Cricket Development Officer Paul McGuffog. At a time when we are actively looking to grow our Disability Programme across the County with the potential appointment of a Disability Cricket Development Officer, this is a timely development for disability cricket in the County."
Tom Jordan, Manchester Club Development Manager, said: "I am delighted to have selected South West Manchester CC to be part of the Ignite project. This is an exciting opportunity for people with disabilities from across the Manchester region to play cricket and also to experience the benefits of being part of a club. I am looking forward to working with the club and have every confidence that under the leadership of club members Phil Marshall and Ralph Aldred, the creation of a new disability section will be a great success."
Sessions will begin early in the new year at Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Indoor Cricket Centre with ECB qualified coaches. Dates and times to be confirmed, so watch this space! Sessions will be free of charge to anyone with a physical or learning disability between the ages of 12 to 25 (male and female). Anyone interested should contact Ralph Aldred 07971 752438 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Phil Marshall email@example.com.