Hampshire Elite Disability Cricketers were bowled over when Bluebird Care announced it would be sponsoring all disability cricket activities in the county for the 2011 season.

Bluebird Care (Basingstoke & West Berks) franchise owners Phil Miles and John Prendergast, are partnering the Bluebird Care offices in Petersfield and Fareham in the sponsorship deal, which sees the domiciliary care franchise funding the provision of recreational and elite opportunities for more than 1,000 cricketers with disabilities in Hampshire.

The disability season was launched when Hampshire Royals’ James Tomlinson and Dave Griffiths took part in a pre-season coaching session with the Hampshire Elite Disability Cricketers at the home of Hampshire County cricket, The Rose Bowl.

Phil Miles said: “Bluebird Care cares for a number of children and adults with learning and physical disabilities across Hampshire and the UK and we are honoured to be able to help support the largest disability cricket programme in the country. We hope our partnership with Hampshire Disability Cricket will help gifted and talented players achieve their full potential regardless of disability – ultimately providing a cricketing future for all.”

Franchise Director Simon Dalziel added: “We are delighted to be involved with Hampshire Disability Cricket. As a major provider of care at home throughout the UK many of our customers are disabled, so to be able to put this back into the community is fantastic.”

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