On Monday 17th July, players from the Frenchay Falcons Cricket Club were presented with their very own cricket bat! The bats were kindly donated by Caldicott Preparatory School in Buckinghamshire, who have supported Access Sport’s Ignite Programme in Bristol. The school have already raised over £2000 through a sponsored football tournament, including a dads vs. teachers tournament, as well as a bake sale.

Frenchay Falcons have been going from strength to strength with a growing number of young disabled players attending each week. The new bats were not only greatly appreciated by the players, but also by the wider club “the opportunity for each member to have his/her own bat will prove a great boost for them” Jim Donaldson, Frenchay Cricket Junior Section Club Manager.

In each session, the players work on their fielding, bowling, and batting skills, with the help of the Access Sport volunteers and coach Bryan Lutter. The one to one coaching the players receive, combined with the new bats donated from Caldicott, will help the players further develop their cricketing skills. It also allows members to continue to enjoy the feeling of inclusion that being part of a sports club brings and the positive experience associated.

“Seeing them learning brand new skills, many of them didn’t think they could catch or throw before they came to us. It is great seeing them overcome these barriers and thoughts and seeing them doing more than they think they can” – Bryan Lutter (Coach).

Interested in joining the Falcons Team?

The Frechay Falcons meet every Monday between 7 and 8pm at Frenchay Cricket Club. The club aims to be as inclusive as possible and caters for all abilities with fully qualified coaches and all volunteers DBS checked. If you require further information, please contact Julia Williams on 0117 941 5829 or [email protected].