Based in communities rather than schools, Super 1s offers disabled young people aged 12-25 an inclusive opportunity to play cricket weekly at grassroots level. We run 18 projects across the UK, setting up several local hubs per project where young people can come together, play and learn vital life skills all year round. We’re working closely with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to make sure that access and inclusion are at the heart of our work.
For many young disabled people, opportunities to take part in regular competitive sport can be extremely limited. Super 1s provides these opportunities and helps young people realise their potential both on and off the pitch. Accessibility is one of the biggest barriers cited by disabled people who are trying to be more active – life costs on average £583 more a month for disabled people than non-disabled people (Scope, 2019), so providing free sessions in areas where there’s not much else on can be game-changing. Another barrier is negative perceptions, or the sense that sport is ‘not for them’ – and that’s something we’re tackling head-on.
Many of the young people who have been engaged in the programme now act as role models for the next group of participants, whether as a player, coach or volunteer. Their personal development ends up having a massive impact on their families and their wider communities, creating friendship groups which go beyond cricket.
Based in communities rather than schools, Super 1s offers disabled young people aged 12-25 an inclusive opportunity to play cricket at grassroots level. We work in 16 locations across the UK, setting up local hubs where young people can come together, play, and learn vital life skills.