Downton helps Gloucestershire disability cricket teams deliver success

CM Downton is helping the Gloucestershire County Cricket disability teams deliver even more success on the pitch after agreeing a £5,000 sponsorship deal. 

Downton’s money will be used to purchase kit and cover match-day costs for both the hardball and softball teams. 

Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) chief executive Steve Silk said the new partnership would provide a huge boost to the Board’s growing disability programme.

He said: “We are delighted that CM Downton has come on board as the sponsor of our county disability teams.

“Their funding will help cover costs like travel and equipment that would otherwise have to be passed on to the players and could prevent them from being able to take part.

“The support of CM Downton means we will be able to continue to expand our disability programme and provide more opportunities for people with disabilities to access coaching and play competitively.”

CM Downton director Kate Downton said: “We’ve been headquartered in Gloucestershire since 1955 and we’re one of the county’s biggest , so we’re always looking for ways in which we can support the community through charities and local initiatives.

“The GCB’s disability programme is clearly going from strength to strength and doing fantastic things for the disabled community in Gloucestershire. We are extremely proud to be a part of that.”   

Gloucestershire currently has two disability teams at county level: a hardball and a softball team.

The softball side – who play their home games at Frocester CC – was launched two years ago and joined the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Super 9s League at the start of the current season. The team is for young people with learning and physical disabilities and is designed to offer a supportive first step into competitive cricket.

Gloucestershire’s hardball team only came into existence in February this year but has gone from strength to strength as a result of the GCB joining forces with social interest company So Fab Sports. The team now has around 30 players with learning or physical disabilities attending weekly training sessions at Gloucester City Winget CC. More than 20 of these have gone on to represent Gloucestershire in the National D40 League