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The Lord's Taverners

The Lord's Taverners Disability Cricket Championships (LTDCC) provides year round cricket coaching and competition to disabled young people. The Lord's Taverners is the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity.

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Seven out of ten disabled people want to be more active. The Lord's Taverners Disability Cricket Championships (DCC) provide disabled young people with access to year round inclusive, accessible and sustainable cricketing opportunities. The programme offers weekly training at hub locations across London, alongside quarterly inter-borough tournaments and an annual final event.

Since the partnership with the Berkeley Foundation began, the DCC has grown from four to 23 London boroughs and is set to expand into the remaining nine boroughs by 2018. Over 450 taster sessions and 1,000 weekly coaching sessions have been delivered so far, with over 460 regular participants having been engaged.

The funding from the Berkeley Foundation has contributed towards coaching sessions, venue hire, competitions, trophies, kits, a monitoring and evaluation system, and training opportunities to enable participants to become qualified leaders or coaches. This, in turn, creates pathways for young people to become ambassadors for the sport. The Foundation's ongoing funding will help the DCC to continue to expand over the coming years. Funding is provided by Sport England and Wembley National Stadium Trust, whilst grant partnerships have been forged with the County Cricket Boards of Essex, Kent, Middlesex, and Surrey. Ultimately, the Taverners are seeking to take the programme nationwide, offering increased opportunities for disabled young people across the country.