Nottinghamshire Deaf CCC
Nottinghamshire Deaf Cricket Club was established in January 2014. The group was formed by several friends from the Mansfield Area who had an interest in cricket. With the support of the NCB the club applied for a sportivate bid and delivered a winter training programme at Trent Bridge in a bid to find ‘new players’ .The programme was a success and as a result the club has developed a squad of around 16 players at differing levels of ability. Nottinghamshire’s lead for Disability Cricket Jack Arnold said “it’s fantastic to have four county squads in Notts where we can offer different opportunities to people with different impairments to play competitive cricket. The Nottinghamshire Deaf Cricket Club is the newest of our teams and this is an exciting time for disability cricket across the county”. In its first year of development the club has benefited from the winter programme which included a coach and interpreter. “ We enjoy participating together as a team and are improving all the time, We felt welcomed by the evening league and there were no problems playing against our opponents in a standard evening league” (Liam Savage, Nottinghamshire Deaf Cricket Club).
Nottinghamshire Deaf Cricket Club competed in the Nottingham Evening League in 2014 to introduce some of the players to competitive cricket and to judge the commitment levels of the players involved in the winter programme. The squad performed reasonably well and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Nottinghamshire is now one of only three counties who host a hearing impairment specific squad and will continue to develop the club to provide a secure and sustainable environment to future players. Liam Savage, one of the clubs key players said ”Some of us have played for hearing teams and it has been good. We can communicate a lot better as a deaf team and encourage each other, we can talk to each other via sign language”.
The club are now hosted by Radcliffe Cricket Club iwhere they compete in the Gunn and Moore South Nottinghamshire League on a Saturday. Many of the players will also be involved in the national hearing specific competitions and events organised by ECAD in a bid to ensure every player reaches their full potential.
Nottinghamshire Deaf Cricket Club is always looking for new players and volunteers to support the clubs activities. If you are interested in attending a training session or would like to get involved in any other role please contact Graham Redfern at Trent Bridge on 01159823000 or email on email@example.com.