Cricketers with a Disability
The WACA strives for cricket to be A Sport For All and has joined with a number of key partners to help achieve that goal in the community.
- The WACA has fundamental skill development programs and cricket carnivals available to schools and Education Support Centres free of charge
- Programs can be delivered by teachers or with the assistance of WACA staff
- To find out more about School Programs or register as a School Ambassador, head here
Entry Level Programs
The WACA encourages players of all ability levels to engage in traditional cricket programs, such as Woolworths Cricket Blast. To find your nearest club, head to PlayCricket.
Belt Up Integrated Cricket League Initiative
- The Belt Up Integrated Cricket League (ICL) is a competition that offers people the opportunity to play community cricket, in a format and environment that is suitable for those who have found barriers in traditional formats of cricket.
- The competition is open to anyone who feels the format and standard is the right fit for them. Players often begin playing in the ICL before moving into other grades at the club.
- The ICL has Youth (High School aged) and Seniors (16+) divisions
- ICL games occur every three weeks in an inclusive format for all players. Games go for approximately 2 hours
- The Insurance Commission has partnered with the WACA to provide $1 million for community cricket, including the ICL.
- Insurance Commission funding will go towards purchasing independence-enabling equipment for ICL players and teams, improved training resources for players, clubs and volunteers, and promotion of the ICL as an accessible and inclusive competition for people with disability.
- The ICL is supported by the Insurance Commission as community cricket is a pathway for people with disability to increase their independence and be engaged within the community. The Insurance Commission provides care and compensation to people with disabilities acquired in vehicle crashes and at work.
Belt up have committed yearly funding over the 4 year partnership to the ICL. In year 1 the funding will be allocated as follows;
- All ICL Teams will have access to funds to purchase specialty equipment that will service the specific needs of players within the team including (but not limited to) visual aids, different-sized balls and customised bats.
- All 16 Teams will receive a team Belt Up Branded Kit Bag which will include 2 x helmets for team use and Belt Up bat stickers for every player within the team.
Striker Leeming Indoor Cricket
Regular indoor cricket sessions for cricketers with a disability. The sessions run on a Monday night at Striker Leeming Indoor Sports Centre. For more information about these sessions and how to get involved please call Striker Leeming on 9313 9700.
Guildford Indoor Cricket
Regular indoor cricket sessions for cricketers with a disability. These sessions run on a Friday night at Guildford Indoor Sports Centre. For more information about these sessions and how to get involved, please email Lisa Duffield.
National Cricket Inclusion Championships
- Annual T20 competition with divisions for ID, Blind and Deaf Cricket
- WA has representative teams in all three divisions
- For more information, please email the WACA's Inclusion and Diversity Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
Lord's Taverner's State Team
The Lord's Taverners State Team is a WA representative indoor cricket team. The Lord's Taverners Shield is a national competition run by Cricket Australia for players with an intellectual disability. The team is supported in administration by Inclusion WA and also receives support from the WACA and Indoor Sports WA.
For more information or to try out for the team, please contact Adam Shaw.
- Australia has representative teams for Intellectual Disability, Blind Cricket and Deaf Cricket
- Thanks to the A Sport For All CommBank partnership, national representatives' travel and team costs are fully-funded, making cricket the first non-Paralympic sport in Australia to support its athletes in such a way.
We are always on the lookout for new talented cricketers with disability. If you or someone you know would like to get involved please contact email@example.com