In 2014, your donations helped fund the country’s first all-female visually impaired cricket team in their inaugural tour to Nepal organised by Cricket4Change.
History was made by the UK’s First All Female Visually Impaired (VI) cricket team following their groundbreaking tour to South east Asia last autumn. After several years of development and dedication from Beth Evans (their coach), the 11 members of the UK team plus their support staff headed out Nepal to play in their first international match. It was also the first time that the Nepal team (founders of the world’s first female VI team) had played against a team from another country.
For the young women on the UK team this was more that just about cricket. Most of the team had not really been too far away from their family and friends in the UK, let alone visit another country over four and half thousand miles away! The tour gave them the opportunity to develop new higher levels of independence, self-confidence and self esteem. Being part of the team, and now a touring team, has given them a chance to build new friendships and pillars of support for each other – even though the three matches all went the way of the hosts.
The tour allowed the team the chance to mix and interact with young people from a different culture and background. With this in mind the team visited, along with The President of The Blind Cricket Association, a school for the visually impaired in Pokhara. Here they met some of the female students to talk about the school and blind cricket.
The tour was supported by a range of other charities and organisations as well as The Primary Club, including the ECB and the Brian Johnston Memorial Fund.