We’re committed to ensuring cricket is a game for everyone
The whole of cricket is delivering a wide-ranging Action Plan to fight discrimination and become more inclusive, including:
- Increasing the understanding & education of equity, diversity & 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 & upgraded education across the whole game.
If you would like to report a concern that you have witnessed or experienced, please contact us.
Our EDI Action Plan
Somerset Cricket Foundation, in partnership with Somerset County Cricket Club, has developed its own EDI Strategy and Action Plan to compliment the ECB’s actions to improve the EDI landscape across cricket communities.
To take the game to all, making it safe inspiring and inclusive, building a continuing legacy.
To positivity impact the lives of all people in Somerset through Cricket.
Our 2024 ambition
Cricket in Somerset will be thriving through strong engagement with varied opportunities for all communities.
All people will feel they belong and connected to cricket in Somerset.
Fully embed EDI in our culture and practices.
Our 5 key areas
Leadership and direction are amongst the most critical components when progressing to make a positive impact on EDI within any organisation. Demonstrable and committed leadership on EDI, at all levels, is key to constantly improving on this agenda.
Governance and accountability
Work on EDI will have maximum impact when it is positioned within the mainstream business and governance of the organisation. We are committed
to embed transparency on EDI throughout all levels of our organisation and to ensure this is reflected in our governance, decision-making structures and day-to-day operations including processes of review and ways of working.
Building insight from evidence
It is important to develop and analyse evidence and insight, based on internal data sources and those obtained through our external partnership and engagement work, to understand the nature of the barriers and inequalities that our staff and stakeholders face. We will us this insight to explore
interventions and initiatives necessary to address challenges.
Partnerships and collaboration
EDI work cannot progress in isolation. We need to ensure that we are collaborating and working with the right people and organisations, that our staff and stakeholder networks bring on board underepresented voices and perspectives and that these inform our policies, processes and practices.
Communication and engagement
Work on EDI needs to be built on clear and consistent messaging, staff and stakeholder engagement that is both meaningful and sustained, and the raising of awareness through specific and accessible communication channels. We will ensure that there is a steady and consistent drumbeat of communication (both internal and external) on our EDI work.
Resources for clubs
Below are useful resources that have been specifically designed to support clubs and leagues:
- Creating a Club for Everyone toolkit
- We Got Game assets – powering a thriving and sustainable girls’ sections at clubs
- FREE online anti-discrimination training course
- An introduction to the ECB EDI resources hub
The ECB is committed to ensuring cricket is a game for everyone; breaking down barriers and ensuring cricket is a truly inclusive and diverse sport. They have launched their own Equity, Diversion and Inclusion Plan which aims to:
- Empower people to make positive change across cricket.
- Build diverse teams that reflect the communities they serve.
- Develop inclusive environments where everyone feels welcome and safe.
- Lead with accountability and commitment.
The ECB are actively encouraging anyone involved in cricket – at any level – to report any discrimination they experience or witness through their anonymous reporting scheme.
Somerset Cricket Foundation EDI Case studies
Somerset County Cricket Club EDI Case studies
SCF, SCCC & BaxterStorey teaching Super 1s players new skills
Somerset Cricket Foundation, Somerset County Cricket Club and SCCC’s Official Catering Partner, BaxterStorey joined forces recently to offer a number of Lord’s Taverners Super 1s players the chance to experience a food masterclass.
Inclusion match a great success again in 2022
The Inclusion Match event is run every year in conjunction with the Somerset Cricket Foundation and is designed to recognize the achievements of those with a disability or additional needs playing cricket in the county.