Formation of the CFPD
In November 1994 the Cricket Federation for People with Disabilities was formed by Dick and Fred Wildgoose to run high profile matches and give disabled cricketers the same opportunities as their able bodied counterparts to progress through the sport. Matches at high profile county cricket grounds would also spread the word much more effectively.
March 1995 saw the first England v Wales match at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Since then the CFPD have held matches at the Oval, Old Trafford, Swelec, Newport Gwent, Hereford Luctonians , Edgbaston and Headingley cricket grounds. Matches have been organised by the CFPD annually since these dates at some these venues involving men and women cricketers.
We have teams playing in Surrey, Dorset, Somerset, Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Wrexham, Lancashire, Yorkshire, West Midlands, North, Perth Scotland, South and Mid-Wales, Staffordshire.
December 2002 marked the first International tour for mixed disabilities cricket. The CFPD invited the BACD to nominate some of the players and took a team to tour India playing at Delhi, Lucknow and Mumbai.
The CFPD have organised tournaments for Junior Cricketers with Disabilities at Edgbaston and Oxford.
In 2006 the CFPD was granted the prestigious Queen’s Award for Volunteers.