How it all began
Jake was born with Lebers Congenital Amaurosis, which means he has virtually no sight in his right eye and limited vision in his left eye. He developed a passion for cricket as a little boy after dad started taking him to Durham matches at The Riverside. He decided to give it a go at the age of 14 and, eight years later, he is now a formidable all-rounder and proud to have been appointed club captain. His ambition was to play for the England visually impaired team in the World Cup.
Making a difference
Now at 21, Jake has been selected for the England Visually Impaired Cricket Development Squad after excelling as captain with his county team, the costs associated to this are expensive, so a small grant from us enabled him to go and train in Birmingham and connect with other teams from all over England.
“I use what little sight I have, along with the sound of the ball, and I suppose the rest is down to my instincts, explained Jake. It just never occurred to me that I’d have a chance to play any sport, let alone cricket for England, so it’s fantastic, said Jake, who is studying to become a sports coach at New College Durham.”
With thanks to you
The grant from County Durham Community Foundation has made the world of difference because it goes towards the costs of travelling to games and training with the England Development Squad in Birmingham. I can’t thank them enough.”