We run a number of disability projects across the country and provide cricket opportunities to hundreds of young disabled people in over 200 schools.
Our coaches understand the capabilities of pupils with a range of disabilities and special needs and tailor their sessions.
Teachers describe how cricket is helping children with disabilities develop their social and interpersonal skills. They learn how to share, to work as a team and build friendships.
Competitions between disability schools are also allowing young people to get out and socialise with their peers for the first time.
Ridge View Primary School is a special needs school in Tonbridge, Kent, which caters for children with severe learning difficulties. Winner of the Chance to Shine School of the Year Award in 2012, the school has embraced cricket and seen a positive impact on pupils.
One boy at the school had a serious issue with sharing but after taking part in Chance to Shine sessions his empathy for his classmates greatly improved. He was soon voluntarily handing over the cricket bat with a smile on his face.
Chance to Shine coach Alex Farmer, from Kent County Board, adapts sessions so that children of all abilities can join in and get a chance to play cricket in a competitive, yet fun way. He works closely with the teachers and support staff to help make a difference to the lives of the children through playing cricket.
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We run pioneering cricket sessions in two London hospitals: The Children’s Hospital at Great Ormond Street and Evelina Children’s Hospital at St Thomas’s in London.
Inspirational coaches Ray Tudor and Denise O’Neil deliver a 36-week programme and help children recover from physical and psychological trauma with results that have impressed clinicians, teachers and parents.
The 90-minute sessions feature catching, throwing, batting and bowling techniques that can be delivered to children aged five to 18 with a wide range of abilities. It is the only regular PE or sporting activity that the children receive during their hospital stay.
Some of the children are dealing with debilitating illnesses and some are confined to wheelchairs but all end up taking part and smiling during the boisterous games that fill the school rooms with noise and laughter.
The sessions are a welcome break from clinical treatments, counselling and periods of isolation for the children; but the effects have far-reaching implications on recovery rates.
Our coaches run weekly hospital cricket sessions in both the main school areas and on specialist wards. A number of children are too sick to make the trip downstairs to the hospital school so activity is adapted to allow bed-ridden patients to take part.
Just £15 will help give a child at a hospital school cricket for a year.
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Jake Peach was an 11 year old receiving treatment for leukaemia at GOSH, who eagerly looked forward to the weekly cricket sessions. His mother had no doubts about the benefits of the scheme. She said:
Having the opportunity to come down to the school and be outside and play cricket made it a whole lot more bearable for Jake.
Jake is now in remission and received a Pride of Britain Award in 2009.