No Limits for Live Active Disability Team
From Live Active: Press Release/Photos
The Live Active Leisure "No Limits" disability cricket team travelled to Manchester this weekend to compete in a tri-nations tournament organised by the Cricket Federation for People with Disabilities.
The competition was held at the international cricket ground at Old Trafford. It was a very exciting and challenging weekend as this was the first official tournament the team had ever played in as the team is currently the one and only disability inclusion cricket team in the whole of Scotland.
Playing in categories, the No Limits team enjoyed a 2½ hour match against a CFPD select team mainly from Shropshire County. The No Limits team batted first and posted a competitive total of 122 with some quick running between the wickets and some good striking of the ball into gaps to make the opposition fielders work hard.
In the fielding innings, the No Limits team managed to restrict the opposition to 69 runs with some very accurate bowling, good fielding and good communication between players who all supported and encouraged each other throughout the entire day.
The No Limits cricket team were delighted to win the game and each player was presented with a beautiful CFPD medal. Opening batsman from Perthshire, Dougie Wright was even more delighted to be presented with the "Man of the Tournament" award for his great individual performances, good effort and wonderful sportsmanship.
Dougie was presented with an individual trophy by event organisers, Geoff Phillips and Dick Wildgoose. Coaching the No Limits team is the SportScotland Young Coach of the Year for 2012 and Live Active Leisure Area head cricket coach, James Ross who said, "The whole team has worked really hard over the past 12 months and it was fantastic to get this opportunity to play in such a prestigious venue with some very good quality opposition. It's been a wonderful experience and I look forward to taking the team to other competitions and events next year".
Perth and Kinross Cricket Development Officer, Kirsteen Ross said "This tournament is the highlight our disability coaching program so far. It is testament to the enormous amounts of work put in by James, his coaching team and the players that we have managed to perform at such a high standard with very good quality opposition. We have seen every player in our squad make enormous progress and are very proud of them all.
It is delightful and rewarding to see sport make a real difference to people's lives giving them opportunities to expand their boundaries, make new friends, improve their general health and wellbeing with increased flexibility and strength and gaining in confidence. We are committed to providing cricket for all reagrdless of ability in Perth and Kinross."
No Limits cricket sessions are open to adults and young adults with a learning, physical or sensory disability and the free coaching sessions will re-commence in August at the start of the new school term and will be held at Bell's Sports Centre on Monday mornings. Plans are already afoot for competing in another prestigious tournament in England next year and it is hoped that the English and Welsh teams will travel to compete in a Scottish disability tournament in Perth next Easter.