Gloucestershire’s Visually Impaired cricket team has been given a boost ahead of the new season after receiving £1000 from the Sports Foundation for the Disabled.
With the “Growlers” facing away matches as far afield as Lancashire and Staffordshire, the funding will be used to help with travel costs.
The team’s co-treasurer Marc Gulwell said: “Funding is hard to come by. It costs upwards of £4000 a year to get the team where it needs to be travel-wise so this £1000 is a great benefit. We are always looking out for funding for everything from new kit to teas so this will make a big difference.”
To listen to the full interview with Growlers’ Marc, vice-captain Ed Hastings, chair Sheona Page and Gloucestershire Cricket Board community coach Gareth Dawson click below:
The Growlers were formed in 2012 and are based at Hatherley and Reddings CC. They play in the North and West Regional League and made the first ever cup final in 2016.
Vice-captain Ed Hastings said that despite the success of last season they are still in need of more players.
He said: “It (last season) was very good in ways. We made our first cup final which was really positive but we are on the lookout for players. We couldn’t play a couple of games last year as we didn’t have enough players so new players is going to make a big difference for us pushing on.
“It’s not really a team it’s more of a family. Being a Growler is a very special thing.”
Blind cricket is played a size three football with a ball bearing inside and larger stumps. For details of classification and everything you need to know about Blind Cricket go to the Blind Cricket England and Wales website http://www.bcew.co.uk/
The Growlers is open to players with any type of visual impairment. If you are interested in playing for them or supporting them in any way please contact their chair, Sheona Page at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the team’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GVICCC no experience is required.
The Growlers are one of a growing number of Gloucestershire disability teams along with a hardball team and two softball sides. For full details go to https://www.gloucestershirecricketboard.com/disability-cricket/
Gloucestershire Cricket Board community coach Gareth Dawson, who secured the Growlers’ funding, said: “It’s about providing opportunities for everyone to play the game. There’s nothing better than cricket. It’s a great way to meet new people, make new friends and it’s just about playing the game with a smile on your face and enjoying it.”