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One of England’s most capped disability cricketers made a guest appearance at Edgbaston to join a coaching session with our Access Team.

Alex Jervis is a three-time Ashes winning member of England’s Learning Disability (LD) side and was voted the 2021 Disabled Cricketer of the Year.

The 27-year-old visited our indoor centre this week ahead of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec 3) to take part in an Access Team training session and offer advice and inspiration to members of the squad.

Warwickshire’s Access Team, which was formed in 2000, features players with both learning and physical disabilities.

They train every week at Edgbaston under the guidance of our coaching staff and compete in the Super 9s, a competitive disability league featuring sides from across the Midlands.

Pace bowler Alex, who’s been on three tours of Australia with England LD, was impressed with what he saw.

He said: “I love playing cricket; it’s been a huge part of my life since the age of 10 and I’ve had some amazing experiences playing with the England national side.

“My aim is to get as many disabled people as possible playing cricket. Warwickshire are a great example of where disability cricket is flourishing and introducing more and more people into the game.

“It was great to get involved in a coaching session. There’s a clear camaraderie in the side and the enthusiasm was there for all to see.”

Warwickshire Access won the national championships in 2005 and in 2021 made it to the regional Super 9s final.

Participation and Growth Manager for Warwickshire Cricket Board, Andy Wyles, said: “The players in the Access team have a range of disabilities but they have developed an amazing social and sporting bond through cricket.

“Alex is a fantastic role model for our players. He has overcome the learning disability he has and shown he can exceed in sport despite that disability. That’s something our players can aspire to.”

Anyone interested in joining the Access Team can email wcb@edgbaston.com for more information.

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