Members of the Yorkshire squad have helped present staff and pupils at Ravenscliffe High School with a new specially adapted minibus at Headingley last week – made possible thanks to the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery and the Lord’s Taverners.

The players took time out from their pre-season preparations to meet pupils from the Halifax school that caters for a wide range of pupils with physical disabilities and special educational needs.

The new specially adapted minibus is essential for enabling students access to the local community which is crucial in the development of the pupils’ social skills. The visits will help pupils learn essential life skills for future independent living while also accessing sports and recreation facilities within their community.

Martin Moorman, Head Teacher at Ravenscliffe High School, said: “This new minibus will allow us to take our pupils out into the community and access many different recreational and social activities that would previously have not been available to them. The minibus is a transport lifeline for our school and we would like to say thank you to the Lord’s Taverners for their help and to the players of Yorkshire who made it such a special day for some of our pupils.”

This minibus has been made possible thanks to the support of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL). Players of PPL play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and internationally, and their support of the Lord’s Taverners has helped provide the new minibus for Ravenscliffe School.

Since 1976, the Lord’s Taverners has placed over 1,150 accessible minibuses to schools across the UK. The iconic Lord’s Taverners minibuses provide disadvantaged and disabled young people with the chance to engage with their local community by getting more access to the facilities on offer and build important life skills in the process.

Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, added: “The Lord’s Taverners believes that sport and recreation are essential for all young people, regardless of ability or background. This minibus will help the children to get out and enjoy new places and experiences in Yorkshire and beyond. We are proud to support the staff, parents and young people of Ravenscliffe School.”

The Lord’s Taverners will donate over £4 million this year to help give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance enabling over 200,000 young people with disabilities to enjoy new places and experiences every year. The minibus scheme is just one of many initiatives the Lord’s Taverners offers. To find out more about the charity, go to www.lordstaverners.org.

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