Gary Cahill plays blind cricket with BT Sport’s The Supporters Club

May 05, 2016

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England centre back Gary Cahill is helping lead a campaign between BT Sport’s The Supporters Club and the England Footballers Foundation to celebrate the power of sport.

The 30-year-old stepped out of his comfort zone and headed to the Change Foundation in Surrey to put bat to ball and learn how to play blind cricket.

With the help of leading blind cricket star Hassan Khan, Cahill learnt to run and rely on a coach whilst blind folded and wore glasses that replicate a variety of eye conditions.

Cahill also volunteered by undertaking umpiring and supporting someone who was registered blind.

Simon Green, Head of BT Sport, said: “We are thrilled to be launching this very special partnership alongside The England Football Foundation.

“With such an exciting summer of football coming up this was the perfect time to get involved and use sport to help improve the lives of these young people.”

The Supporters Club has a long-standing link with development organisation Change Foundation and backs its ‘Hit the Top’ disability clubs for young, impoverished people with a disability living in the slums of Mumbai.

Donations from BT and its customers are invested into projects selected in partnership with Comic Relief, with The Supporters Club aiming to build a better world by bringing people together through sport.

Jen Cox, of The England Footballers Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be working with The Supporters Club and we’re looking forward to working together over the summer encouraging people around the country to get involved in sport.”

Andy Dalby-Welsh, Director of Operations and Partnerships, The Change Foundation, said: “Our Hit The Top programme has benefitted greatly from the involvement of volunteers.

“To be part of this campaign and aim to get more volunteers assisting us to make a real difference to the lives of blind and visually impaired young people is really exciting and can make a real difference to the young people we work with.”

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Find out more about how the EFF and BT Sport’s The Supporters Club are working together this Summer here