With help from players of People's Postcode Lottery, the Lord's Taverners enhance the lives of thousands of disadvantaged and disabled young people through sport and recreation. In 2016 alone, the charity helped ensure that nearly 70,000 participants on its programmes were given a sporting chance.
A sporting chance is the opportunity to interact, play and train; to compete, win and lose and the chance to learn, have fun and make friends. Every time the charity directly impacts the life of a young person, a new sporting chance is created.
The funding from players, which so far totals £1 Million, helped created more than a million sporting chances across the charity's programmes in 2016.
The Lord's Taverners create sporting chances in a number of different ways. Its community and disability cricket programmes help young people from deprived areas, and those with disabilities, take part in recreational activities.
The charity also supports special needs schools with specially adapted minibuses that enable them to take their pupils out into the local community. They have also installed sensory rooms and play spaces for those with severe physical and learning difficulties.
One of those who has directly benefited from the charity's disability cricket programmes is Sam Alderson. He lives with a rare genetic disorder called TAR Syndrome. Sam thought his chances of playing cricket were over when he became a wheelchair user. However, his involvement in the Lord's Taverners Disability Cricket Championships has given him a new lease of life.
"I never thought I would be able to play cricket with my disability," he explained. "When I became a wheelchair user, I thought it was game over, that I wouldn't be able to play sport again. I didn't know what to do, but luckily I was introduced to disability cricket, and it has allowed me to once again experience all the excitement and happiness that sport gives me."
Each year, the charity increases opportunities for participation, motivates young people to play sport, and improves the physical and psychological wellbeing among some of the most marginalised and at-risk groups in the UK. None of this would be possible without the support of players of People's Postcode Lottery.