Hampshire VI Cricket Club
HAMPSHIRE VI CRICKET ACADEMY LAUNCHED -
The Hampshire Visually Impaired Cricket Academy was officially launched by players from England’s Blind Cricket Team at the Rose Bowl on Saturday 22 November. The England team were at the Rose Bowl as part of a training event to prepare for their upcoming tour to Australia. Players from the team launched the Academy by delivering a specialist coaching session for members of the Hampshire VI Cricket Club.
Over the winter the Academy’s participants will have the full use of the Rose Bowl’s Indoor School and access to monthly development sessions delivered by a dedicated team of qualified coaches. The Academy is the first of its kind in the country; it aims to introduce people with visual impairments to cricket and enable them to reach their full potential within the sport in order to create senior and junior sides who will each be playing in a variety of friendly, league and cup matches next summer.
The Academy has been set up and is run by Hampshire VI Cricket Club in partnership with Hampshire Cricket Board and British Blind Sport. Everyone involved with the launch event was thrilled with the results. HCB Disability Cricket Development Officer Greig Stewart said: “The launch event has provided a great springboard from which we can continue to develop opportunities within cricket for people with visual impairments. This was a unique opportunity for our members to meet and be coached by the England players who have achieved so much within the sport.”