Interloop Women Blind Cricket Training and Coaching Camp
The first of its kind, Training and Coaching Camp of Women Blind Cricket held at Abbottabad. Six days long training camp held from 30th June to 5th July 2018 at Abbottabad Public School Cricket ground in which 32 Female Blind Cricket players and 9 female Coaches got orientation and training about rules, techniques and method of Cricket for the visually challenged.
Noted to be a first step towards the rights and privileges of women/girls with visual impairment to take part on an equal basis in the most popular sport in Pakistan. It will promote gender equality by extending to women/girls the programs PBCC already runs with visually impaired men. It will improve social inclusion and give participants a chance to be more physically active.
Syed Sultan Shah Chairman PBCC, Col. Ijaz Ahmed Nasir Special Assistant to CEO Interloop Ltd, Mr. Hasan Minto, Global Director for Sustainable Service Development, Brien Holden Vision Institute and other female prominent personalities of Abbottabad attended the concluding ceremony.
Addressing the audience Syed Sultan Shah Chairman PBCC said that “Sports will bring confidence in the lives of women with blindness and they will surely brighten the name of Pakistan in the field of Cricket”.
He thanked Interloop Ltd on coming forward as the leading sponsor of the Women Blind Cricket Training Camp and Brien Holden Vision Institute Pakistan (The Australian Eye Care Research Institute) working to eliminate vision impairment and avoidable blindness to support the initiative.
He said, “PBCC is keen to bring about sustainable change in the attitude, skills & abilities of the visually impaired girls under the discipline of sportsmanship, enabling to get good level of endurance & agility”.
Mr. Nafees Ahmed the Head Coach of Pakistan Women Blind Cricket Team supervised the training camp. He remained the Coach of men Pakistan Blind Cricket team and under his coaching Pakistan had won two World Cups in 2002 and 2006.
The 2nd Phase of the Training Camp will take place in Lahore in September 2018 in which the next group of 35 girls will get training.