CRICKET WALES & EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION WORK
This area is steered by a subcommittee comprising:
Jennifer Owens Adams (chair) Senior Director Cricket Wales
Sue Phelps MBE, Independent Director Cricket Wales
Sian Webber Recreational Director Cricket Wales
Leshia Hawkins CEO Cricket Wales
Ali Abdi BAME Cricket Coordinator
Les Randall Cricket Wales Disability Lead
Sue Wells Area Manager Cricket Wales North
Gabby Basketeer Wicketz South Wales Development Officer
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 needs 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 reach the Intermediate standard of the Equality Standards for Sport (UK benchmark). We are aspiring to the Advanced Level criteria and to make progress we will need to get better at gathering data hence the above surveys. To celebrate this please see this film
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 a Wales squad. The Welsh squad has recently toured Sri Lanka. There is a plan emerging across
- Schools outreach
- Development hubs
- Club development
- Wales representative programme
- People and coach development
Womens & Girls’ Cricket
Some of the areas of working on making the game gender neutral 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.
- 20- hardball teams
- 39 girls’ softball teams; 96 women's softball teams;
- 15 girls only sections / u9
- Girls all-stars participants
- A mixture of girls’ softball festivals & hub & development projects to be delivered.
- Girls’ Kwik Cricket & Lady Taverner’s Schools festivals in the progress of being delivered.
- A calendar of club led Women’s Softball Cricket Festivals to be delivered in summer 2019.
- Sophia Gardens finals event September 2019.
- South Wales Women’s Softball League to pilot for the first time.
- Pembrokeshire Hardball teams & other Hardball teams to continue with leagues/events.
- North Wales- Hardball festival to be piloted based on club need.
- Mapping exercise of girls’ playing cricket in which clubs/areas has been completed by the Women & Girls’ Officers.
- Women & Girls’ Officers to continue to embed the offer of Women’s Cricket at focus clubs.
For more information see Womens and Girls Softball
Strategy for BAME cricket
A draft strategy is being consulted across key BAME stake holders
The Cricket Wales BME programmes promotes and encourages the playing of cricket, whether that be pop-up cricket, women’s softball cricket or general cricket amongst people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, providing opportunities for them to develop their playing abilities and to progress in the suitable pathways.
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 BME Cricket 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 ‘gender neutral’ Women and Girls
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 Women’s Soft Ball and forthcoming Dynamos Cricket 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-neutral 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. Here at Cricket Wales, we 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 BME communities across Cardiff and to bring these 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.
BME Club Development and Support
Our BME 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. Working towards ‘Clubmark’ the official standards for clubs to meet.
Where Do We Want to Be?
The BME Cricket programme is continually striving to maintain and improve the cricket offer for BME individuals, groups and communities while always looking to meet their needs and aspirations. We are also looking to build closer links with wider BME communities through use of our pop-up clubs, ambassador development, networking and community engagement. The below shows how we want to move forward, some areas are resources and others not yet.
Deprived communities opening up the game
Some of the areas cricket is working = in are
- Refugees & Asylum workers
- Home Office
- Police & Armed Services
- Non-Club locations
Connecting with the Professional Game
We connect with Glamorgan via
- Major Events
- Whole family offer
- Education school visits to the Sophia Gardens Stadium
- Advanced level progress
Currently we have some albeit limited engagement with Stonewall Cymru, LGBT groups; a stonewall banner at the stadium; rainbow laces; CW commitment to Stonewall website;