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Disability Cricket Festival 2017

on Thursday, 29 June 2017. Posted in Schools, Disability News, Chance to Shine, Courses and Events

Disability Cricket Festival 2017

Kent Cricket welcomed nearly 300 children and teachers from special needs schools across Kent to this year's Kent Reliance Schools Disability Cricket Festival at Kings Hill Cricket Club, West Malling on Friday, 23rd June 2017.

The event has grown in recent years and is the third occasion it has been held as part of the Kent School Games run by Kent Sport.

All schools in attendance have received curriculum time cricket lessons from the coaches at Kent Cricket Community Team, supported by funding from the charities Chance to Shine, Kent Reliance and The Lords Taverners and is the culmination of delivery throughout the 3 terms during the 2016/17 academic year.

25 special needs schools from across the county bringing 35 teams in three age group competitions; Primary, Secondary and HE/FE (16+) arrived ready for a day of Rapid Fire Cricket (Primary) and Outdoor24 (Secondary & HE/FE) matches and were given the full Kent Cricket experience with Victoria the mascot on hand to greet the children and help hand out the medals.

After a day of nearly 100 cricket matches and much excitement the children received their medals from Nimisha Cross of Kent Reliance, sponsors of Kent Cricket’s Disability Programme, who presented the teams with their winning medals stated “A brilliant day was enjoyed by all and it’s always a pleasure to see children of all ages and abilities playing cricket together and having lots of fun. Kent Reliance are extremely proud to be key sponsors and contribute towards such a worthwhile community programme.”


1st - Greenfields Community Primary School, Maidstone – Team 1

2nd – Helen Allison School, Meopham

3rd – Rowhill School, Longfield


1st – Drumbeat School, Brockley, Lewisham

2nd – The Orchard School, Canterbury

3rd – Rowhill School, Longfield

HE/FE (16+)

1st – East Kent College, Folkestone

2nd – Marjorie McClure School, Chislehurst, Bromley

3rd – Riverside School, Orpington, Bromley


Dom Taylor, Kent Cricket Community Officer and Disability lead, summed up the day stating;

“Yet again the annual disability cricket festival has surpassed our original expectations, the attendance was superb. It was fantastic to see the enjoyment on the faces of everyone involved. After last year’s disappointing wash out, with the rain, everyone involved attended with the sole purpose to enjoy themselves. Seeing all the pupils leave with smiles on their faces, it appears they have done exactly that.

Kent Cricket are committed to creating a sustainable future for disabled cricket in Kent and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kent Reliance, as well as Chance to Shine and The Lords Taverners for their continued support with this vision.”

For more information about Kent Cricket's Disability programmes including how to get involved as a player or how to support as a partner, please contact;

Dom Taylor, 07799 707079, dom.taylor.kent@ecb.co.uk or visit www.kentcommunitycricket.co.uk/disability

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