THE launch of the new Super 1s initiative in Bridgwater took place last Monday, when an area hub was opened at the 1610 Sports Centre at Robert Blake & Elmwood School.

Super 1s is a national project designed to give young people with disabilities the chance to regularly play cricket.

Local sessions are free to attend, take place weekly during term time and are aimed at 12 to 25-year-olds.

The sessions are fun, played with a softer ball and teach the basics of cricket.

The session at the 1610 Sports Centre was run by Somerset Cricket Board coaches and was also attended by Somerset player Jack Brooks.

Steve Gass, SCB participation & growth development officer, said: “The launch of the Taverners Super 1s initiative in Bridgwater attracted a good turnout and went very well.

“The large majority of those present were new to cricket, which is brilliant and exactly who this initiative is aimed at.

“The idea behind Super 1s is to provide these young people with the opportunity to play sport, meet new people and make new friendships.

“Through Super 1s they will also play competitive fixtures against other hubs in Somerset.

"It’s great to see Jack [Brooks] coming along and joining in, he got stuck in and was brilliant!

"Once again we’ve got great support from the county club, and it is very much appreciated by everybody.”

Following the session, the paceman – who signed from Yorkshire at the end of last season – gave his wholehearted endorsement to the Super 1s initiative.

“This is an exciting development and I was very happy to be able to go along and be involved," Brooks said.

"We want to get as many people involved with playing cricket as possible.

"In addition to them developing cricket skills, this will also help them to develop skills for life as well.”

Anybody who would like to get involved with Super 1s, should contact Somerset Cricket Board via 01825 352266.