The cricket match making LGBTQ+ history

Rob Evans, our County Umpire Education Officer recently took part in BBC Zoom call with representatives from the ECB and two cricket clubs; Graces from London and Unicorns from Birmingham. The meeting was held to discuss the importance of an upcoming match to be held on 23rd May at Weoley Hill. We believe that this will be the first game held anywhere in the world between two LGBTQ+ cricket teams.

The discussion has been released as an article on the BBC Sport website and also as a podcast that can be found at this link

The game is supported by the ECB and will be used to introduce this year’s ECB Rainbow Laces campaign. Rob Evans and Matt Ivory will be officiating.

Safeguarding Young Cricketers

Safeguarding Young Cricketers (SYC), is an online one hour free safeguarding training session. 

1. It is a self-taught course, showing scenarios and video clips whilst talking about safeguarding policies and guidance.
2. You are provided with a link to register and complete the one-hour session.
3. There are 10 questions at the end of the course to check understanding.
4. You will receive a certificate online to show that you have completed the course.
5. Anyone interested should email Amanda Felton:

Finally, Amanda has asked us that, should you ever wish to share any safeguarding concerns or issues that you may have, please contact her and she will do her best to help answer them or provide you with the correct information.

Tom Gray

Tom suddenly passed away on his way to a routine appointment at the hospital on 2nd December. Details about his funeral arrangements will be communicated when available.

Chris Bryant

Chris Bryant died on 11th November after a short illness.

The funeral will be on Friday 4th December at The Wyre Forest Crematorium at 12.30. The crematorium is very close to the main dual carriageway as you leave Kidderminster travelling to Stourport – inside the gate on the left hand side is plenty of parking and it would be possible to stand socially distant from each other to observe as Chris’s funeral passes through the gate. The event is going to be live streamed over the internet and the link will be available shortly. We respectfully request no flowers for the service, if you would like to contribute to his family’s chosen charity, please follow the link to the just giving page:

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, so it’s the most efficient way to give – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.