A team of Liverpool Councillors are to play blind cricket on Friday 19 May to celebrate the opening of a new visually impaired section at Wavertree Cricket Club.
They will wear special spectacles intended to simulate a variety of visual impairments in an effort to level the playing field.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Roz Gladden, will officially open the Cricket Club’s new purpose built practice facility, secured through a £70,000 Sport England Inspired Facilities grant. The council has also leased the club some land to help it develop its facility.
One of the driving forces is Matt Cliff, who set up SAVI North West which promotes inclusive sports for the visually impaired and established a team at Wavertree 18 months ago. He said: “Cricket is one of our most popular sports at SAVI, and to have found a community club like Wavertree to welcome and include us has been fantastic.”
Cllr Tim Moore, Mayoral Lead for Sport, is keen to support the brilliant work of Matt and the rest of the VI section at Wavertree and said: “I’m delighted to be involved in supporting this event.
“We have one or two on our team who have played before and will want to do well but mostly we are fascinated by the initiative.”
The game on Sandown Lane in Wavertree is free to those who want to attend and starts at 5.45pm – light refreshments will be available and the bar will be open.