West Indies Test series begins soon: So does your chance to help the Lord’s Taverners.
What is #runsforchange?
Any support you can provide will help the Lord’s Taverners charity empower young people through their cricket programmes, Super 1s, Table Cricket and Wicketz.
In 2020, over 12,000 disadvantaged and disabled young people benefitted from the charity’s life-changing cricket programmes. Unfortunately, the pandemic has had a significant impact on the wellbeing of the young people that the charity supports. Feelings of isolation and loneliness have become the norm with their access to programmes being limited.
How is Zak doing so far?
So far Zak has raised £2,915 since he started the campaign in July 2020. He’s currently raising £5.21 for every run he scores for England.
Money raised will go towards the delivery of the Lord’s Taverners disability cricket programmes, Super 1s and Table Cricket, in Kent.
It is a very strategic game and there are different scoring zones around the table. Just like regular cricket, fielders must be carefully positioned to prevent runs or to get the batter out.
Teams of six take turn to bowl or bat, with the bowler using a ramp to deliver the ball and the batter hitting the ball into the scoring zones, avoiding fielders if they can!
How does table cricket help young people?
Alongside the enjoyment of playing the game and competing, table cricket has been shown to develop teamwork and social skills among players. It also helps coordination and cognitive skills.
What is Super 1s?
By creating community cricket hubs where young people can receive coaching, we give participants the chance to compete against their peers and enjoy the benefits of playing sport.
How does it work?
For many young people with a disability, loneliness has been identified as a major issue, and opportunities to take part in regular competitive sport can be extremely limited. Super 1s provides these opportunities and helps young people realise their potential. It improves their physical and mental well-being, giving a sense of belonging as they make friends and gain skills for life such as confidence and independence.
The competition provided by Super 1s gives participants a real sense of achievement, with many of the county and regional finals being held at the iconic cricketing venues including Edgbaston, Emirates Old Trafford, and Lord’s.
How does it help young people?
Super 1’s provides young people with a chance to realise their potential, both on and off the pitch.
May 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. This is a crucial element of the programme, as it empowers young people to realise what they can achieve.
If you are familiar with the programme, you will recognise Sam. Here’s what Sam has to say about the programme:
Before cricket I didn’t really do much. I’ve always wanted to work and make my Mum and Dad proud… knowing someone else needs my input to make that session better is just brilliantSam – Super 1s Coach
How can you help?
Well, the west indies Test is starting soon, so if you’ve been inspired by the brilliant work that the Lord’s Taverners do, why not pledge to Zak Crawley’s Runs for Change?
You can set up a donation for every run Zak Crawley scores for England in test matches, meaning that the better he does, the more the Lords Taverners will benefit. No pressure Zak!
Alternatively, you can make a one-off donation (not tied to Zak’s runs).
Give them something to smile about
No matter how you decide to help out, donations small and large make a huge different to these young peoples lives. To steal a quote from the end of the Lord’s Taverners 2021 update:
It’s bigger than you’ll probably ever know