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Cricket: Disability

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Adrian Sanders Adrian Sanders Liberal Democrat, Torbay

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what funding his Department and incorporated public bodies have allocated to support disabled people to play cricket between 2009 and 2013; and on what projects such funding has been spent to date.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport and the Olympics)

As the National Governing Body for cricket, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has spent around £1,217,580 on disability cricket since funding was awarded in 2009. Of this, £608,709 is Sport England funding and £608,709 the ECB’s own funding.

As part of the ECB's commitment to develop disability cricket it has recently set up regional training camps for the deaf and launched a Visually Impaired Talent Development programme. The ECB has set out its strategy for disability cricket in the document ‘Disability Cricket Vision 2009-2013’ which can be found at the following link:

http://static.ecb.co.uk/files/ecb-disability-cricket-vision-2009-2013-10730.pdf

Also, the ECB is one of the signatories of the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Sports Broadcasting, which aims to encourage the reinvestment of revenues from television broadcasting rights of major sporting events to community sport. The ECB is planning to commit expenditure into grassroots development that amounts to more than 30% of its net UK TV broadcasting revenue.

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