Foyle Down Syndrome Trust members enjoy first cricket coaching session

In a new partnership with Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, NWCU started a new 6-week cricket programme at Glenaden Arena, Altnagelvin.

As part of the NWCU’s recent review there was a keen desire to promote cricket for people with disability and the NWCU hope that this new partnership with the Foyle Down Syndrome Trust is the first of a number of new programmes around Disability Cricket.

The NWCU Cricket Development Officer, Brian Allen, took the first of six proposed weekly sessions with a group from Foyle Down Syndrome Trust. Participants had a chance to test their catching and batting skills with the North West Coach, with the emphasis very much on fun.

The Union is very keen to provide a platform for everyone to have access to the sport and Brian insisted that Coaching Education was also a high priority in this process.

“Today is all about the basic skills of cricket and delivering them in a way that everybody can enjoy. As well as seeing the drills, the Trust members are also getting a flavour of Coaching Education which can them help them when they are delivering in schools themselves.”


“We are delighted to be working with Chris Cooper and the Foyle Down Syndrome Trust as part of this exciting new programme. It’s a six-week programme which we hope will see cricket as an option for the Trust going forward. Everybody seemed to enjoy today’s session and there was no shortage of banter, so hopefully we’ll see the same faces back next week.”


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