First academy for cricketers with disabilities in Australia

Cricketers with a disability are being given a rare chance to improve their skills and play at a national level at a leading academy set up by the South Australian Cricket Association.

The academy is hoping to make use of the growing number of people with disabilities taking up the sport.

Over 1.4 million people in Australia participated in cricket in 2016-17. Of these, over 32% were players with disabilities.

The new academy is for players with intellectual disabilities, for those who are blind or vision-impaired and the deaf or hearing-impaired.

SACA hopes it will increase the number of players in each category, and help them improve their skills using world-class facilities and coaches.

Personal development opportunities like nutrition, coaching, umpiring courses, as well as a bit of leadership and psychological sessions will be offered.

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