Sussex Cricket Annual Disability Day 2014

The sunshine helped draw hundreds of people to the annual Sussex Cricket Disability Day, sponsored by Santander Corporate Banking, at the BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground today. 

Now in its fourth year, the event is aimed at reaching out to disabled children and adults across the county.  
Tim Shutt, Head of Cricket Development at Sussex, said: “It is a real showcase of the fact that cricket is for everyone.”
“Over the last 4 years we have really grown disability cricket to the point where wherever you live in Sussex and whatever your ability there is somewhere to have a go.”
Over 300 people of all ages and abilities took part in cricket coaching sessions, including Krazy Katch stations, table cricket, and some small sided matches. 
The participants were also given the chance to test their skills and cricketing ability at the English Cricket Board (ECB) Cricket Factory, which had batting, bowling and catching tests. 

Nikki De Boo, Manager of the ECB Cricket Factory, said: “We obviously have all abilities here today but the whole idea is that everyone can partake.”

Schools and centres gathered from across Sussex, bringing classes of disabled participants to enjoy the weather and learn to play cricket. 
Jane Garrett, a teaching assistant from Downs View Link College, said: “Even our shyest, most reluctant pupils have come out and had a really good time.”
“It is a chance to get them out of a classroom environment and really a time for them to shine.”
Robert, from Aldingbourne Country Centre, said: “We have done a variety of things here. We have done the batting and bowling and catching practice. It is all going very well and no problems.”

Local schools provided volunteers to help run the event including students from Worthing High School and Brighton and Hove City College.
Chloe Winchester, of Brighton and Hove City College, said: “It is just really nice helping. It is rewarding.”

For pictures and a video of the day, please click HERE