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A visit to Nepal leads to first Visually Impaired girls cricket team
Following a trip to Nepal, Beth Evans, a C4C Development Officer was so inspired by the work and witness of Pawan Ghimire of the Nepal Cricket Association (who had set up and was running cricket tournaments for blind players, including many women) and the Nepal Visually Impaired (VI) cricket players in action, that Beth felt the desire to set about starting the first ever UK Visually Impaired girls cricket squad and team.
The squad began life way back in August 2010 and has since developed a team of young women who train regularly (at the Cricket for Change Cricket Centre in Wallington, Surrey) and now have brilliant self confidence. Some of the team are now able to live independently. They play in the (male dominated) domestic VI league and five of them carried the London 2012 Paralympic torch.
One girl, Lois Turner, has become a role model in the team. She is the captain and, although one of the youngest, coaches and empowers others. Lois has been invited by Clare Conor, Head of England Women’s Cricket, to speak at events. She is employed by the charity to inspire other young people with a disability to get involved with sport and starts a Level 1 Cricket Coaching course in April.
The team's hope of one day of playing an international against Nepal, the nation that gave rise to the idea of their team, is getting ever closer! Plans are being made for the team to travel to Nepal later in 2014!
Other standout players in the squad include Sarah Clare, who has come through the C4C Hit The Top programme and has played for Kent VI team and Metro Devils. She was voted as Best Newcomer 2011 for the Metro Devils.
Beth notes that the courage of the team is blazing a trail for other disability female teams across all sports. She says, "It is important to realise the importance of female only teams, especially within disability sport which has very low levels of female participation. It is clear something needs to be done to inspire change".
The squad, has also had active encouragement and backing from David Townley, President of the BCEW and World Blind Cricket Council along with crucial funding The Brian Johnston Memorial Fund.
If you would like to get involved or for further information about the team, then please do contact, Beth Evans at email@example.com or on 079804554236