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Gloucestershire Growlers Visually Impaired Cricket Club seeks members

The Gloucestershire Growlers VI Cricket Club is looking for new members. The club trains indoors in Gloucester, once a month, from January to April. During the summer, it is based at Hatherley and Reddings CC in Cheltenham, and trains outdoors and play matches from May to September. Both Cheltenham and Gloucester can be reached by direct train services from South Wales, and the club can provide help towards transport costs. They also currently have training sessions running in Bristol fortnightly, on Thursday evenings.

There are a number of adaptations to make the game safe and accessible for visually impaired people. The ball is a size 3 football with ball bearings inside, making it audible. Bowlers call ”play” as they release the ball, so the batter knows that the ball is on the way. Teams are composed of 11 blind and partially sighted players with varying levels of sight. When a blind player bats, a partially sighted teammate runs for them.

Games are played in a friendly atmosphere and the sport is very inclusive. Players of all ages, both male and female, and welcomed. Anyone aged 11 and over can join, and there is certainly no upper age limit! Visually impaired people with additional disabilities are also welcome. You don’t need to know anything about cricket either, as you will get great support from your teammates and our coach. The club can also help with transport, if this is a problem.

For more information, contact Ed Hastings on 07849615729 or email edwardahastings@gmail.com.


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