Juniors Set to Make Historic Debut
The Lancashire Lions VICC schools project of developing grassroots cricket for visually impaired children is set to bear fruit when a group of children from East Lancashire step on to the Headingley pitch on 4th of July as they take on their Yorkshire counter parts in a possible first ever junior blind cricket match.
The children have been participating in Lancashire VICC’s quarterly sessions held in Burnley, Nelson, Rosendale and Accrington from December 2013 which consisted of children from primary and secondary schools up to the age of 15 from the East Lancashire area. The sessions started with an introduction to the Visually Impaired game followed by a progression of learning to bat, bowl, field and finally putting all the skills learnt into practice by playing matches.
This fixture is a testament to all the people involved in the project and has been made possible thanks to the cooperation shown by the Schools Games Organisers from the East Lancashire area and the Lancashire Lions VICC coaches and volunteers who have ran these development sessions.
We are currently running similar projects in Oldham and Manchester and with the aims of increasing participation of young children into taking up the VI game of cricket. The aim is to help develop the game at grassroots level so more people with visual impairments can participate in cricket and ultimately build stronger Lancashire VI teams, at both junior and senior levels, with progression through the pathways to represent the Lancashire Lions and England VI.
Anyone interested in playing visually impaired cricket or have a child who wishes to get involved with the Lancashire Lions VICC should contact Sheraz Chohan on 07581 351786 or email [email protected].