Yorkshire and England cricket stars Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow have backed a new disability cricket programme launched by the Lord’s Taverners.

England captain and Yorkshire batsman Root was joined by team mate Bairstow to help launch Super1s – a national project that will allow young people with disabilities the chance to play regular cricket.

Speaking about the programme, Root said: “I grew up loving the game for what it was, and just because you’ve got any form of disability, it shouldn’t mean that you can’t play the game. It’s great that the Lord’s Taverners are opening the sport up to people who may not have been able to play before. The more we can do that and the more people we can get involved, it can only be good for the game, so I’m all for it, I think it’s brilliant.”

Building on the success of the project in London which has been running since 2013, the new Super1s programme will not only deliver in all 32 boroughs of the Capital, but youngsters in Manchester and Birmingham are already enjoying weekly cricket with the project set to be rolled out in more areas across the UK over the next 12 months.

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