The Foundation is delighted to support the Somerset Disabled Cricket Club (SDCC) through our Family and Friends Grant scheme, following a nomination for CareTech head office receptionist Oonagh Scutt. A grant has been awarded to fund a development squad known as the Dragons Squad. Below, Chair of SDCC Tracy Hallows explains what the club does and how the Foundation’s grant will be used.
“Somerset Disabled Cricket Club (SDCC) is a self-funded organization which was established in 1997. It encourages children and adults with any form of disability to get involved in cricket. We play at a range of levels and, with the help of Somerset County Cricket Club and the England Cricket Board, run sessions for complete beginners and new comers to the sport, training sessions for a squad which plays in the Super 9s County Championships, and some of our players play regularly for England at venues like Lords and Old Trafford.
“We really are a special group of people! We were originally coached by an incredible man called Dan Hodges. Dan encouraged adults and children with a mixture of physical and learning difficulties to stand side by side and work together. Unfortunately, Dan died five years ago, however his spirit lives on in the ethos of the club. Each year we hold ‘Dan’s Day’ – an opportunity for the SDCC players to pit their skills against a side of able-bodied family and friends. It is an amazing day which show cases what our club is about.
“With support from the CareTech Foundation, we intend to fund a coach and specific opportunities for a development team, our ‘Dragons Squad’, to train and play competitive matches across the county. A development squad will help to offer more opportunities in the community, increased visibility for the club and therefore ensuring our club’s longevity.
We are grateful to the help provided by the CareTech Foundation and hope this will help raise awareness of our club and offer opportunities for even more disabled members in our community.”