A NEW mixed ability cricket team will be launched at Bradford & Bingley Cricket Club tomorrow.

The free event will start at 10am and anyone who comes along can stay to watch a match after the taster session.

The team will include able-bodied participants as well as disabled players.

Martino Corazza, founder and director of International Mixed Ability Sports (IMAS), a Bradford-based community interest company, said: “Cricket is a very popular sport and we are delighted to offer the first fully inclusive cricket team opportunity in Bradford.

“This builds on the visually impaired team in Bradford, which has been very successful for a number of years. Our new team will welcome people of all abilities and players new to cricket.”

Arif Malik, head coach of the new team, added: “This is an exciting time to get involved in mixed ability cricket and join a safe and friendly club here at Wagon Lane in Bingley.”

Bradford & Bingley Sports Club has a strong record in the development of mixed ability teams as it is the home of the Bumble Bees RUFC and was host for the world’s first mixed ability Rugby World Tournament in 2015.

Mixed ability rowing, which has had support from the Telegraph & Argus Foundation, starts at Bradford Amateur Rowing Club on Higher Coach Road, Baildon next Tuesday.

James Searle, Rowability officer at British Rowing, said: “Mixed ability rowing is another world first and it’s happening here in Bradford.”

Celia Hickson, president of Bradford Amateur Rowing Club, said: “Bradford ARC and British Rowing are delighted that a mixed ability squad is starting on the River Aire.”

Mixed ability sport in Bradford is supported by Sport England and there are now eight sports with mixed ability sessions running regularly across the city.

Further information is available from Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure on 01274-437093.

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