England non-disabled cricket captain supports girls disability sport day
England women's non-disabled cricket captain, Charlotte Edwards, took time out of her busy schedule to lend her support to a Cricket for Change organised 'Disability Sport Awareness Day' on the 15 January, which was a focus for girls and young women.
The event held at The MCC Indoor School at Lord's Cricket Ground, was to support the exposure increase of disabled sportswomen brought about by the London Paralympic Games. Around 150 girls and young women attended from 17 different schools across London.
"It's fantastic to see so many girls playing cricket who may never have had the opportunity. I'm a little overwhelmed by it; to see so many disabled girls at the home of cricket involved and enjoying themselves."
There was an exciting mix of skill sessions and mini-games which everyone got involved in. Although the day had a focus on cricket there were other sports on show, including athletics, delivered by England Athletics.
Karen Sells, from Marlborough School, Sidcup, said:
"The girls that have attended today’s event have just spent the autumn term learning to play cricket with the boys in their class. For our girls to be able to put that learning into context with other girls of their own age and ability at the home of cricket is fantastic. We look forward to next year’s event."
The day proved to be a great success in providing the opportunity for young disabled girls to increase their awareness of opportunities available to them in sport.
For further information about getting involved in Girls Disability Cricket at Cricket for Change, please contact Beth Evans or telephone 020 8669 2177