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#DIScoverABILITY Day – 10th May 2017

The 1st Central County Ground was once again bathed in bright sunshine for Sussex Cricket’s 8th annual disability inclusion day on Wednesday 10th May.

An enthusiastic team of 80 volunteers, 8 County Disability Squad players and 13 coaches delivered a highly enjoyable experience for the 250 participants who attended. 20 different organisations from across Sussex and Kent were represented including schools, colleges, day centres and community organisations.

The day encompassed the volunteers gathering for a briefing where they were tasked to set up a number of different stations for participants to practise different cricketing skills. The volunteers came from a variety of businesses including Santander, IPC Search, Handelsbanken, Yes Promo Products, Parkers and Love Local Jobs.  In addition, the event was supported by young sports leaders from Worthing High School, Ifield Community College, Plumpton College, Downlands School and the University of Brighton.

On arrival the participants were greeted by Sid the Shark before being escorted around the outfield visiting different multi-skills zones before finishing off with a skills assessment where they were awarded a gold, silver or bronze stickers and leaving with some goodies. Old favourites including the Sussex Cricket Foundation inflatables and Sid’s Big Hit Challenge proved as popular as ever. A number of our guests then stayed on to play matches with members of our County Disability Squad.

It was a fantastic day with lots of activities for participants to get involved and have fun, with really positive feedback, including:

“The range of different activities – met all our students’ wide range of needs and interests” Stuart Johnson, Downs View Link College.

“The best thing about the day was the opportunity for our members to take part in a variety of activities, promoting a healthy lifestyle and have fun” Michael Norris, Apuldram Centre.

Volunteers also had a great day with all stating that they would love to come back again next year. Comments included:

“The best thing for me was the rewarding nature of supporting such a worthwhile event. Seeing the enjoyment of the participants was great to see.” Andrew

“It was an absolute joy to see everyone enjoying cricket related activities.  All those that attended were really well looked after and the volunteers who chaperoned the groups were amazing. ” Theresa

“It was fantastic to see so many people take part and be involved with a smile on their faces and prove that there is no barrier to participation.” Richard

Rob Andrew, Chief Executive of Sussex Cricket said; “#DIScoverABILITY Day is one of the flagship days in the calendar at Hove and clearly demonstrates the fully inclusive nature of sport. It was a pleasure to see so many people from across the county take part in fun activities designed to focus on their ability. We are especially indebted to such a great group of volunteers, coaches and County Disability players for making the day such a great success.”

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