A COMMUNITY cricket club is bringing the sport to people who have physical disabilities.

Willington Cricket Club has launched a new table cricket group designed to bring the game to anyone who would be otherwise be prevented from trying it.

The new group, set up with funding from County Durham Housing Group, has already attracted more than a dozen members and has the support of a professional coach to help the players.

It is also on the lookout for more members to take part and once up to speed, the new team will be playing at county-wide events and taking part in matches against other community groups.

Club chairman Andy Dickinson said: “The idea was to expand the work we do in the community and get more people involved.

“We’re hoping to expand the project further so that more groups can come and use the facilities we have here at Willington Cricket Club.”

The table cricket team will be fully integrated into Willington Cricket Club’s existing set-up, with clothing provided and access to club facilities.

County Durham Housing Group provided £500 to help get the group started.

Funding officer Damian Pearson said: “This should bring a new sport and a host of other opportunities to everyone who is getting involved. It’s exactly the kind of project that our group grant programme was designed to support. It’s made a tangible impact to the local community.”