CRICKET WALES' EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION WORK
To get started in this subject, here are some useful and short examples of inclusion in cricket and sport:-
The Cricket Wales' Equality, Diversity and Inclsuion work is is steered by a sub-committee comprising:
Sue Phelps MBE, (Chair) Independent Director Cricket Wales
Sian Webber Recreational Director Cricket Wales
Leshia Hawkins, CEO Cricket Wales
Ali Abdi, Diverse Communities Cricket Coordinator
Les Randall, Cricket Wales Disability Lead
Sue Wells, Area Manager Cricket Wales North
Sohail Rauf, Co-opted Cricket Wales Board Member
Mark Frost, Development & Community Manager, Cricket Wales & Glamorgan Cricket;
Equality Action Plan
Our Equality Action Plan can be found here
MAIN AREAS OF WORK
Cricket Wales consistently seeks to know who its members and constituent organisations are and how they are made up so that we can make sure our offers are aligned to the people we serve. Surveys are used to ascertain this data.
THE ADVANCED LEVEL OF THE EQUALITY STANDARD FOR SPORT:
Cricket Wales has worked hard to be re-accredited at the Intermediate standard of the Equality Standards for Sport (UK benchmark). To celebrate this please see this film
We are aspiring to achieve the Advanced Level criteria by 2024
CRICKET WALES DISABILITY CRICKET:
At present Les Randall is steering our work involving a range of development hubs in schools and communities and higher-level talent sessions that feed into Wales squads (performance and development). The Welsh squad toured Sri Lanka in 2020.
Cricket Wales are currently working towards InSport Silver standard
There is also a plan emerging across
- Schools outreach
- Table Cricket
- Development hubs
- Club development
- Wales representative programme
- People and coach development
- Lord's Taverners Super 1s
Women's & Girls’ Cricket
Some of the areas of our work to make the game gender-balanced are: -
- Plans are in place to improve the hardball network of clubs to make this more mature and fed into new ECB pathway structures. Currently we have three clubs in the South Wales SW England league and
- 20 hardball teams
- 39 girls’ softball teams; 96 women's softball teams
- Averaging nearly 30% Girls' participation in All Stars & Dynamos participants
- A mixture of girls’ softball festivals & hub & development projects.
- Girls’ Kwik Cricket & Lady Taverners' Schools festivals in the progress of being
- South Wales Women’s Soft ball League
- Pembrokeshire Hardball teams & other Hardball teams to continue with leagues/events.
- North Wales - Soft ball league
- Our 3 full-time Women's & Girls’ Officers continue to embed and grow offers for female participants across Wales.
For more information see Womens and Girls Softball
Strategy for growing cricket in Diverse Communities
A draft strategy is being consulted across key stakeholders
The Cricket Wales Diverse Communities development programmes promote and encourage the playing of cricket, whether that be pop-up cricket, women’s softball cricket or other formats amongst people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, providing opportunities for them to develop their playing abilities and to progress in the suitable pathways.
Our Diverse Communities Officer for Cardiff & Newport was featured by Sport Wales here
Cricket without Boundaries Project
The ‘Cricket without Boundaries’ project aims to make cricket more accessible for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Cardiff and Newport to create a thriving network capable of increasing and sustaining participation in cricket.
The project focuses upon young people aged 13 – 25 and provides a range of activities including doorstep clubs, indoor cricket and mid-week cricket.
Easy to access cricket via: Doorstep / Pop-Up Clubs
Our doorstep cricket clubs or pop up clubs provide a vibrant cricket offer to young people in disadvantaged communities that is designed to grow their motivation and ability to adopt a cricket habit for life. The leaders who run the clubs are special people - skilled in leading sport as well as in supporting young people to be the best they can be. The coaches are local and know the communities they work in. The young volunteers who co-run the clubs gain new skills and qualifications and grow as they learn to lead.
Making cricket a gender-balanced game
Creating a supply of activity for female only, safe and confident sessions. It’s safe to say there’s never been a more exciting time for Women & Girls' cricket and this is reflected in the ECB’s strategy for 2020-2024. There are considerable opportunities in the existing cricket club network to grow participation for women and girls. The launch of All Stars Cricket and Dynamos Cricket and women's soft ball festivals has introduced new female players into the game and they now need an effective club offer to enable them to play regularly.
The ECB are committed to driving cricket’s progress to become a gender-balanced sport, acknowledging that the area of women and girls is the biggest opportunity for growth in cricket. To achieve this the ECB intends to invest in the development of every level of the game from the grassroots to the elite, as well as supporting female coaches, officials and administrators. Cricket Wales are committed to facilitating the implementation of this vision.
Community Cohesion Cricket Cup
The Cardiff Community Cohesion Cup was created primarily to reach out to diverse communities across Cardiff and to bring communities together through the medium of cricket, where such connections would not normally happen.
It started in 2016 and culminates in a local final between two community teams at a local cricket venue and then the winners play the grand finale, against a mixed team of South Wales Police officers and former Glamorgan players at Sophia Gardens. The first Cohesion Cup took place in 2016 with just 6 teams competing, this then grew to eight teams in 2017, with 10 teams competing since 2018.
Refugee and Asylum Seeker Cricket Offer
Our Refugee and Asylum Seeker Cricket Offer brings young refugees and asylum-seekers together to play sport, make friends and build confidence. Our team work closely with providers of services to these groups such as The Oasis Centre, Welsh Refugee Council and Trinity Centre and often deliver the session at their locations - the providers also give advice at the sessions and throughout the week, supporting the young cricketers with asylum and welfare issues, and helping them to navigate their way safely and positively in society.
Club Development and Support
Our clubs have been undergoing development plans with Cricket Wales. It identifies each club's vision for the future, its aims and the ways in which the club hopes to achieve them. It is a short, working document that is easy to read and therefore kept clear and simple. Signposting to additional guidance, funding and coach education is also made available.
Where Do We Want to Be?
Our Diverse Communities Cricket programme is continually striving to maintain and improve the cricket offer anyone interested in cricket, especially those from urban areas and under-represented groups in our game, while always looking to meet their needs and aspirations. We are also looking to build closer links with communities through use of our pop-up clubs, ambassador development, networking and community engagement.
Deprived communities opening up the game
Some of the areas in which cricket is working
- Refugees & Asylum workers
- Home Office
- Police & Armed Services
- Non-Club locations
Connecting with the Professional Game
We connect with Glamorgan Cricket via
- Major Events
- Whole family offer
- Education school visits to the Sophia Gardens Stadium
- Advanced level progress
We are engaged with with Stonewall Cymru, LGBT Sport Cymru, Pride Cymru and support the rainbow laces initiative.