Friday 19 April 2013 

Cricket For Change Receives £36,000 Grant To Support Young Disabled People In Training For Employment

Cricket For Change Receives £36,000 Grant To Support Young Disabled People In Training For Employment
Cricket For Change Receives £36,000 Grant To Support Young Disabled People In Training For Employment
 

The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has awarded Cricket for Change a grant of £36,000 over two years. The funding will go towards the organisation’s new Team Tufnell project - a sport based “training for work” programme supporting disabled young people who are not in education, employment, or training. 

The Team Tufnell project will engage with young disabled people, providing them with the opportunity to gain a sports coaching qualification and be part of the charity’s development team. This project builds on the charity’s previous ‘Hit the Top’ programme, extending it to include more work focused training and work placements. 

Cricket for Change was set up after the Brixton riots in 1981, with the aim of using cricket as a vehicle for community integration to address disadvantage and promote individual development.  Since its formation the charity has developed sports projects aimed at unlocking young people’s potential. 

Phil Tufnell, President of Cricket for Change said: “We welcome the funding from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales.  Disabled young people are twice as likely not to be in any form of education, employment or training as their non disabled peers. Cricket for Change’s Team Tufnell project addresses this issue by enabling young  people to have increased self-belief, access to training and the ability to have a greater role in the decision making processes that affect their lives.”

Sara Cooney, Grant Manager for South Central and London at the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales said: “The Foundation is proud to support Cricket for Change’s Team Tufnell project which gives young disabled people the opportunity to increase their self-esteem and play a role in their community. Cricket for Change is an example of one of the many charities the Lloyds TSB Foundation invests in to help improve the life choices and chances for disadvantaged young people.”

The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales supports charities that help disadvantaged people to play a fuller role in the community. Local or regional charities with an income up to £1million and national charities with an income up to £5 million can find out more about the funding criteria and grant programmes at www.lloydstsbfoundations.org.uk.