At Somerset County Cricket Club
Somerset County Cricket Club is committed to ensuring cricket is a game for everyone and we strive to create an environment where all who wish to participate are welcomed, feel safe, have positive experiences and want to return time and again. That said, we know there is work to be done to make the game truly accessible for all and we welcome the responsibility of driving the necessary change in this area.
As a professional sporting organisation, we have the influence and power to transform lives, whether that’s at grassroots or professional level cricket, as an employer or within our role as anchor institution for local and regional communities.
Commitment starts from the top. Our ED&I Board Lead, Habib Naqvi, has significant experience in ED&I as the Chief Executive of the NHS Race and Health Observatory. With Habib’s expertise and guidance, we are well equipped to manage the challenges.
The ECB are focussed on delivering equity, diversity and inclusion in cricket in order to make sure everyone feels like cricket is a game for them. They, and we, have a clear goal:
To make cricket the most inclusive sport in the country.
The ECB have their own ED&I action plan “Cricket is a game for me” and in conjunction with MCC, the PCA, NCCA Ltd, the First Class Counties, Women’s Regional Hosts and the Recreational County Cricket network, a game-wide 12-point action plan was developed to target discrimination and drive inclusion across the game. Focus areas include:
- Increasing the understanding & education of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) across all levels of cricket.
- Reviewing dressing room cultures in professional teams (domestic & international).
- Removing barriers in talent pathways to aid the progress of people from diverse backgrounds into professional teams.
- Creating a welcoming environment for all, including tackling abusive crowd behaviour and upgraded education across the whole game.
Find out more about what the ECB are doing to break down barriers and raise inclusion across cricket: https://www.ecb.co.uk/about/equity-diversity-and-inclusion/overview
Discrimination and other negative behaviours stand in the way of progress for cricket. Any form of discrimination in cricket is completely unacceptable and we will take all necessary steps to eradicate it wherever and whenever we find it.
We adopt and enforce the ECB’s Anti-Discrimination Code. This code ensures that any incidence of discrimination in the professional game, and in recreational leagues and clubs that fall under the ECB’s jurisdiction, and can be subject to disciplinary processes and sanctions.
We stand against discrimination in all its forms.
If you have experienced or witnessed discrimination, you can report it to Somerset County Cricket Club
We stand against discrimination in all its forms. If you have experienced or witnessed discrimination, you can report it to Somerset County Cricket Club via email at email@example.com.
If you prefer, you can report your concern directly to the ECB via their website: https://www.ecb.co.uk/reporting-discrimination
Any reports will then be reviewed and investigated by either us or the ECB depending on where it has been reported.