Westquarter & Redding names as inaugural Scottish Disability Cricket Champion
Westquarter & Redding Cricket Club have been named as one of the first Disability Cricket Champion Clubs in Scotland.
Cricket Scotland and funding partner Beyond Boundaries have announced the local outfit, along with Dumfries CC and Strathmore CC, will become the first Scottish clubs to receive support from the DCCC programme which is also currently being rolled out by the ECB in England.
Funding provided by Beyond Boundaries will support the clubs to open their gates and deliver cricket opportunities for those with disabilities by providing guidance, resources, and equipment, enabling them to welcome individuals with additional needs and varying abilities to support them to play cricket, follow the game, officiate, and volunteer.
Every Disability Cricket Champion Club will receive a free kit bag containing playing equipment and a range of balls and markers to help facilitate coaching drills and games, along with support from Cricket Scotland to promote and deliver thei inclusive cricket sessions.
Cricket Scotland Chief Executive Gus Mackay said: “We have been really pleased with the interest from clubs across Scotland in becoming part of the Disability Cricket Champion Club programme.
"Alongside the three selected, we have many more clubs who will work with our National Disability Officer over the next 12 months to ensure they are ready to be selected next year.
“Access to adapted and easy to use equipment can play a crucial role in enabling coaches to ensure that everyone is involved and able to enjoy the game, so we know that this, along with the in person support they will receive, will allow clubs to provide even more opportunities for disabled people in Scotland to take part in cricket.”
Keith Wilson, Chair of Beyond Boundaries said: “We are a young Scottish charity that has begun transforming lives through funding programmes which bring cricket, in any of its forms, to young, disadvantaged and underrepresented people in Scotland. We are delighted to support this Disability Cricket Champions Club Programme to help break down barriers to participation for people with disabilities.
"Congratulations to the selected clubs in 2021.”