Disability Cricket

Disability Cricket Development

Oxfordshire Cricket's disability development plan has taken big steps forward in recent months, ensuring that over the 2015 season we will be in a position to work towards making cricket the sport of choice for disabled athletes.


Under the new management team structure approved by the board, our former disability management team now reforms under the banner of a disability working group, overseen by our inclusivity director Margaret Stevens. This group now consists of:


Margaret Stevens: Inclusivity Director & Oxford City Council SDT

Luke Ryan: Business and Operations Manager

Joe Dale: Cricket Development Officer responsible for disability cricket

George Setterfield: Cricket Development Officer

Lucy Tappin: Disability and Youth Sports Officer at the Sports Partnership

Stuart Murphy: England Learning Disability Coach

Richard Giles: Disability Coach


We've worked very closely with the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership who have completed an insight study into disability sports opportunities within the county and an action plan for cricket to take ensure provisions are made in areas of need. This in turn has shaped our three year development plan to the end of 2017. 


We are continuing to work collaboratively with Berkshire and Buckinghamshire cricket boards to ensure a pathway from play ground to the international arena is created in a sustainable way.


Chance to Shine is also playing a large part of our grass root provision with cricket coaching already arranged in 6 special schools across the county between now and June. Watch below as George Setterfield runs a game of diamond cricket for pupils of Mabel Prichard school.


Recently we were in attendance at the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership's Have A Go day for visually impaired children and young adults. 


Stuart, Richard and Joe were all on hand to deliver a session to 40 children who all excelled at the sport. Read about it here...


Oxfordshire Sports Partnership VI Day Article


In March we will be offering cricket at the City Council's parability sport day so come along and have a go!


For more information on our disability development plan or how you can get involved as a player or coach contact Joe Dale 






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Recent Announcements

  • Oxfordshire disability coach Stuart Murphy heads for Australia on National duty Stuart Murphy is Australia bound at the end of next week with the England Learning Disability squad, just one of the series announced by the ECB for the national disability squads in the 2015 season.The Learning Disability series, which will be staged in Melbourne, runs from March 17- 24, comprises four 40 over matches and two T20s against Australia. ECB’s Head of Disability Ian Martin said: “These are exciting times for disability cricket with the need for more international disability cricket matches a key strategic priority for ECB.The England Visually Impaired team are hosting one-day international and Twenty20 defending champions India in May and the England Deaf squad will also be competing on the international ...
    Posted 24 Feb 2015, 10:07 by Joseph Dale
  • Cricket Education Programme Reaches Special Schools As part of our ongoing work developing our Disability Programme, our Cricket Education Programme continues to deliver cricket within special schools across the county. This term has seen two classes from Mabel Prichard receive cricket using the indoor facilities at The Oxford Academy in morning and lunchtime breaks. In the spring our delivery will increase to four special schools, the aim being to draw together the skills learnt into a competition format in the summer where all the schools can come together for a festival event. 
    Posted 18 Dec 2014, 02:03 by Joseph Dale
  • Oxford City Parability Day  Oxfordshire Cricket delivered multi-skill cricket activities at the first parability day of the academic year at Blackbird Leys leisure centre. The event gave over 40 children from special schools across the city to have a go at a variety of sports, one of which was cricket. Development Officers Joe and George were on hand to deliver the coaching and were very impressed with the level of skills shown. All schools in the county can access our cricket education programme, and our work in special schools is essential as we develop our disability cricket provisions in the county. To find out how your school can receive coaching contact Cricket Development Officer Joe Dale Joe and George also found a bit ...
    Posted 7 Nov 2014, 07:31 by Joseph Dale
  • Disability Cricket Sessions at Frankwise School, Banbury Frank Wise school in Banbury is a school for children and young people with physical and learning difficulties. The Oxfordshire Cricket Board have been running regular cricket sessions for their students throughout the summer term. The OCB coach Dick Giles has done a fantastic job in taking cricket to this school and giving these students the opportunity to experience cricket and all it has to offer. Dick added -   ...the first thing that struck me was how happy everyone is there. Staff and pupils alike share a great love and mutual respect for each other.What a great few weeks I had there with only one day of rain forcing us into the hall. We ensured that everyone contributed, whether it ...
    Posted 17 Jul 2014, 06:27 by Luke Ryan
  • 'Have a GO' Sports Day with the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership- Stuart Murphy The 'have a go' sports day is a big part of the OSP calendar and it was a pleasure to be involved in it for the 1st time.The day saw over 100 people with a learning disability attend and have a go at a wide range of sports. Cricket was a slow starter as for many people there it was their 1st experience of the game. The pull shot was a definite favourite with people becoming quite competitive about how far they could hit the ball! Low to high and clearing the in field was the preferred method!The day also saw people have a go at bowling, throwing and catching. It was nice to hear some feedback from ...
    Posted 27 Jun 2014, 07:50 by Luke Ryan
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