Ten participants from the Healthy Goals for Life project, funded by BUPA UK Foundation represented Bolton Wanderers Community Trust in the Lancashire Super 1s Cricket Competition.
This was their first 8 a-side tournament, and for the majority of the team members, the first experience of representing a Club in competitive sport.
The difference in the players’ ability from when they first took up the sport 6 months ago was immense, with the group showing significant improvement. In a unique partnership between Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and the Lancashire Cricket Foundation, young adults with disabilities are given the opportunity to receive free coaching in cricket, and various other Inclusive sports every Wednesday evening at the Healthy Goals for Life sessions which we host at Thornleigh Salesian College.
Last Sunday’s competition was an opportunity for them to proudly represent the Club, and put all their learnt skills into practice. A round robin competition took place with the other Lancashire Community Hubs from Salford, Manchester and Oldham, with Bolton winning 2 and losing 1.
The players’ team spirit shone throughout the day, with great batting partnerships, bowling displays and fielding from all members. The team got through to the final and put in a great performance, but it was to be Salford’s day.
Photographs above and below show the players proudly wearing their runners up medals and taking part in the competition.
Well done to all members of the Team!