Right now, only 18% of disabled people take part in sport, compared to 39% non-disabled people, while 70% of non-active disabled people claim they would like the opportunity to participate in sporting activities if they had the chance.
In response, we began working together to launch the London Disability Cricket Championships in May 2014. The programme had a successful first year and was delivered in 4 London Boroughs: Greenwich, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Southwark, with Tower Hamlets being crowned victors. The second year of the programme has just drawn to a close, with 18 boroughs now involved. Greenwich, Hackney, Westminster and Richmond & Hounslow competed for the second LTDCC title at the Kia Oval on 14th September. Hackney won the championship for the first time, defeating Westminster in the final by 28 runs.
Over the next three years phase of the development of LTDCC, we aim to expand the programme so that all 32 boroughs in London are included the programme and run a pilot in the East of England with a view to expand the programme nationally.