The Mayor of London and England Women’s Cricket Captain, Charlotte Edwards joined with leading youth sports charity, Cricket for Change (C4C), at London’s City Hall last night (Tuesday 2nd April) in celebrating the achievements of many young outstanding young people through a disability sports programme called, Hit the Top.
The event acknowledged the powerful impact of a programme that provides young people with a physical, visual or learning disability independence, confidence and new friendships through the medium of cricket.
Since 2011, Cricket for Change has benefited from funding through The Mayor of London’s Sports Legacy Fund and Cricket for Change have been working in partnership towards creating a Paralympic legacy where the C4C coaches delivered the following outcomes: Over 6000 young Londoners with a disability have been engaged in the programme and there is now a HTT club set up in every borough of London (32 clubs); over 4000 young Londoners with a disability have now become active in a sport or physical activity outside of their school PE sessions; worked on and developed engaging coaching sessions with over 100 special schools around London; hosted and designed over 100 competition festivals and events to raise awareness of opportunities available for disabled young Londoners and 28 HTT participants have gained an Accredited coaching qualification and now coach or mentor in the programme.
Daniel Mynott, one the young people who has benefitted from being a huge part of the programme and is now a C4C Development Coach, said last night, "If I can give one bit of advice to the young people here tonight it is, don't believe people that say you can't do something you want to do. I’ve had that all of my life and now I say to them all look at me now, they said I couldn't do what I wanted to do in life but I have.
"If I didn't I wouldn't be here now (telling you all about it). So don't let people say you can't do something because you can. You can travel on your own, you can live on your own, you can play cricket, you can do what you want to with your life, you can achieve anything you want to."
Andy Dalby-Welsh, C4C Director of Operations and Hit the Top founder said: "It was an amazing evening, one that will live long in the memory as it was all about the outstanding acknowledging the successes of the young people and those who support them. They fully deserved their night of celebration and showed that this is just the first step of their journey into fulfilling their hopes, dreams and aspirations."
Mayor of London Boris Johnson commented, "This is an incredible achievement by Hit the Top to work with so many young people through cricket. I am delighted that this wonderful charity has benefited from my sports programme funding and that its fantastic achievements were celebrated here at City Hall. This is a great example of how London’s Games are creating a living legacy by getting many more people involved in sport."
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