The Lancashire Lions Visually Impaired Sports Club featured on last night’s BBC One Inside Out program. Lancashire Lions Visually Impaired Sports Club is blind cricket’s most multicultural club and also has the broadest age range of players in the game.
Led by captain and coach, Sheraz Chohan the Lancashire Lions Club is based at Our Lady’s Sports Centre. All the players are either blind or visually impaired. They use a ball the size of a volleyball that contains bells which must bounce twice before it reaches the batter.
Having lost the sight in his left eye in a freak accident, TV presenter Simon O’Brien was humbled by the inspirational performance of the visually impaired players. He put a blindfold on to try for himself and couldn’t believe how they manage to play the game so well. 14 year-old Amelia may have limited sight, but she doesn’t let it stand in her way. She’s aiming for the Paralympics and with her commitment to the sport we wouldn’t be surprised if she achieved her goal.
If you missed it, you can catch up on BBC iPlayer
This year, the Lions came second in the Blind Cricket England Wales National League behind Sussex.
The club do development work across the county with both male and female players, players with dual disabilities and anyone of any age who has a visual impairment and wants to play cricket. To find out more, contact Lancashire Lions VICC or email Ben Tanner at Our Lady’s Sports Centre.