Children and adults with any form of disability will have more opportunities to get involved in cricket following a major donation to Somerset Disabled Cricket Club.

The CareTech Foundation has awarded a grant to Somerset Disabled Cricket Club to help the club grow and offer more people with disabilities the opportunity to get into cricket. Disabled cricket players from Somerset Disabled Cricket Club play at a range of levels and abilities, and the new funds will allow the club to run sessions for even more children and adults with disabilities.

With the help of Somerset County Cricket Club and the England Cricket Board, the disabled cricket club runs sessions for complete beginners and newcomers to the sport as well as training sessions for a squad which plays in the County Championships. Some of the club’s players also play regularly for England at venues including Lords and Old Trafford.

The new grant funding from the CareTech Foundation will fund a coach and specific opportunities for a development team, the ‘Dragons Squad’, to train and play competitive matches across the county. The development squad will help to offer more opportunities in the community for people with disabilities to play cricket as well as increasing awareness of the availability of cricket for people with disabilities, and securing the future of Somerset Disabled Cricket Club.

Chair of the Club Tracy Hallows said:

“We are grateful to the help provided by the CareTech Foundation and hope this will help raise awareness of our club and offer opportunities for even more disabled members in our community.

“The club’s players really are a special group of people! We were originally coached by an incredible man called Dan Hodges. Dan encouraged adults and children with a mixture of physical and learning difficulties to stand side by side and work together. Unfortunately, Dan died five years ago, however his spirit lives on in the ethos of the club. Each year we hold ‘Dan’s Day’ – an opportunity for the SDCC players to pit their skills against a side of able-bodied family and friends. It is an amazing day which showcases what our club is about.”

Jonathan Freeman, CEO of the CareTech Foundation said:

“The team at Somerset Disabled Cricket Club are doing amazing work, and we’re proud to be able to support them as they grow. It’s inspiring to see the way in which young people and adults with a range of physical and learning difficulties are really taking to cricket. Not only does it give everyone the chance to get involved in a great sport and enjoy being part of a team, but it’s also a fantastic form of exercise.”