Glen Bacon, a service user at the Langford Centre in Bexhill-on-Sea, played for the County’s disability team in their match against Middlesex at Botany Bay Cricket Club in Enfield. Glen was the opening batsman for Sussex, scoring 20 runs in a 41 run partnership as Sussex made 85-5.
Glen was scouted playing for the Langford Centre’s cricket team, while the side was playing in a competition in Chichester. The team, playing in their first ever tournament, won the Group 2 division during the cricket festival earlier in the year. A coach from Sussex County Cricket Club spotted Glen playing for Langford, and asked him to play for the side.
After their successful debut, the Langford Centre is now planning to establish a team full time. Sussex Country Cricket Club will be training residents from the Bexhill-on-Sea centre, hoping they can follow in Glen’s footsteps.
The team will help the service users cope better with their conditions. Playing as part of a team helps the players become more disciplined and cope with any anger issues.
Connie Buis Occupational Therapist at Glen Care’s Langford Centre said: “Everyone at the Langford Centre is very proud of Glen’s debut for Sussex’s Disability team. Glen did himself proud in his first match and he has inspired other residents to play cricket.
“Glen’s achievements have really helped to put Glen Care on the map. We offer some of the best specialist care in the country and help residents like Glen to live independent and fulfilling lives. Our new cricket team is just one of the many initiatives that we organise for our residents.”