Super 1s update
It was announced recently that Super 1s, a national project designed to give young people with disabilities the chance to regularly play cricket, is coming to Somerset.
Over the next two years a weekly hub will be set up in each of the six Local Authority Areas in order to ensure that people aged between 12 and 25 will receive coaching from county cricket boards, giving them the chance to compete against peers and enjoy the benefits of sport and an active lifestyle.
Somerset Cricket Board’s Growth & Participation Officer, Steve Gass brought us up to date with the progress of the initiative when we spoke to him this week.
“We have four sessions that are ready to launch in January,” he said. “The first of these will be in Taunton on January 23rd and there will also be sessions in Bridgwater, Yeovil and one in Bath. All sessions will run from 6pm until 7pm.
“The great thing about Super 1s is that it’s completely free for the participants. It’s not just a weekly cricket session either, it’s designed to help develop and advance people’s life and social skills through the context of cricket.
“Leadership awards are also available for those participants who wish to take on some more responsibility and help our coaches
“The hubs will be independent, and the idea is to create a competitive element between those hubs. Competition is a key element of the programme because it gives participants a real sense of achievement.”
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For many young people with disabilities throughout the UK, opportunities to take part in regular competitive sport can be extremely limited and therefore the programme aims to:
- Develop the physical and mental well-being of players
- Help players make friends and engage with positive role models
- Provide an environment for competition amongst peers
Super 1s provides young people with a chance to realise their potential, both on and off the pitch. It enables them to discover what they can do, not what they can’t, and become role models for their peers.
Engaging in regular sport helps all young people develop personal skills, including confidence, leadership and independence. For young people with disabilities the opportunity to do this can be very limited.
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