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Over the next few weeks a number of Cricket activities for the disabled community are happening around Auckland. The hope is to see opportunities develop for regular participation in cricket for athletes with a disability.
Firstly on the 24th of February the Parnell Cricket club, in association with the Halberg Trust and with help from Year 8 students at St Kentigern School, will be hosting an 'Adapted Cricket' day. This day will showcase the various forms of cricket available for those with disabilities - including Table cricket, Blind cricket, and modified Milo Cricket. Up to 50-60 students from Somerville Special School are expected to attend, and if the success of similar events in the past at Waitakere City Cricket Club (WCCC) are anything to go by, then everyone should be looking forward to a fantastic day!
WCCC are evolving their adapted day this year in an effort to offer more than just a one off 'taster' experience. Their adapted day planned for Sunday 6th March will feature a four team 8-a-side cricket tournament using the Kiwi 8's modified rules. In signing up to be a part of this tournament disabled athletes will also be committing to a three or four week club cricket season at WCCC run in conjunction with the clubs current junior programme.
On Friday mornings at the club Jamie Lloyd from Auckland Cricket, and Brian Windler from WCCC, have also been running a cricket coaching clinic for people involved with IDEA (Intellectual Disability Empowerment Association) West Central. Up to 30 people with intellectual disabilities have been attending these sessions, with most thoroughly enjoying it, and a number showing tremendous improvement in their cricket skills!
Contacts: Jamie Lloyd 021 840877 or 845 7444