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Why Play VI Cricket? by Adam Solan

My name is Adam Solan and I am 14 years old, studying at Oxford Spires Academy. I started in year 10 this term and I have also been appointed as a school prefect.

My reason for writing this article is to tell the readers about my interest in VI Cricket, in the hope that it will encourage others to give it a go. I have been playing VI cricket since 2014 as a wicket keeper and middle order batsman.

When I started playing I was looking for a team in Oxford, but unfortunately Oxford does not have any visually impaired cricket available. I contacted the English Cricket Board and they recommended that I play for a team based in Reading, which is a County league team. I have now been playing for Berkshire Stags for almost three years and my future aim is to make it further onto the International level when I turn sixteen. Players on the Berkshire team range in age between 12 and11 65+ years old and everyone shares a very special bond because we all have issues which we can relate to.

It is great fun playing VI cricket because it is played with a special ball similar to a soccer ball, which has a bell inside it, which helps the batsman and fielders to keep track of the ball. The game requires determination and physical fitness, because it is not easy when you’re out in the field. We get to play tournaments with other league teams and tour various parts of the country and also play against teams such as “Help for Heroes”, Thames Valley Police and other local teams in charity events. The team is active most times of the year: I have to attend weekly indoor and outdoor training sessions between November and April, and then the tournament season is between April and August. It is always a fun day out playing and having a chat with people from all sorts of backgrounds.

I would personally encourage children and adults who are visually impaired to get involved in this sport, as you could have opportunities to get active and involved in other activities with your teammates. And who knows, if you get into the International league you could have a chance to tour the world playing tournaments against other countries, representing England!

If you’re interested innbeing part of an Oxfordshire VI cricket club, please contact elliepearce@oxeyes.org.uk or 01865 725 595.

Legacy Giving

Not long ago we received a very kind legacy to support our work with sight impaired people. We are very sorry for the passing of this generous supporter and grateful to him that he was minded to leave a gift to our charity in his Will.

We have also had two people inform us that they have left legacies to us in their Wills. We are most grateful to all those people who decide to help us and our clients in this way. This support enables us to run confidence building services like our activity group for sight impaired people, ActivEyes, who at this moment are preparing for their next indoor tennis coaching session. Can you hear Roger Federer getting nervous?!

If anyone is interested in leaving a gift to OAB in their Will and would like to talk to us about the benefis that this can bring, please do give Colin a call on 01865 725595.

Thank You.

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