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Michael Tippett's disability cricket team with the Mayor of Lambeth
Michael Tippett’s disability cricket team with the Mayor of Lambeth

Local schools’ disability cricket programme goes from strength to strength, as Michael Tippett becomes a hub for the borough, writes David Child.

Michael Tippett School recently reached the finals of the The Lord’s Taverners Disability Cricket Championships (LTDCC). The school’s team represented the borough of Lambeth on the day, at Lords cricket ground, competing with other schools from across London.

The finals are one part of the year-round disability cricket programme being run by the Lord’s Taverners charity in partnership with the Berkeley Foundation. The programme engages schools and local communities across London, focusing on young people aged 14-25 with a limiting disability.

Although the school didn’t win, the young SEN students enjoyed taking part and marking the school’s progress in disability sport.

Michael Tippett’s has recently been granted status as a disability cricket hub for SEN (special educational needs) schools in Lambeth, supported by the Surrey Cricket Foundation, and acts as a focal point from which the sport can be spread to other local schools and students.

MT-School-Cricket-Club-1Sebastian Mandzak of the Michael Tippet PE Department said: “Our cricket club is thriving, with dynamic regular events providing great learning opportunities for developing new cross curriculum skills and foremost guaranteeing huge and rewarding smiles on student’s faces.”

The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, dedicated to giving disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance. Every year, the charity donates over £3 million to help young people of all abilities and backgrounds participate in sporting activities. In 2015 alone they provided 9.4 million sporting chances for disadvantaged and disabled young people across all of its charitable programmes.

To get involved with the Lord’s Taverners visit.