This Sunday sees the return of Proud 2 Play and Cricket Victoria’s Proud Cricket Day, and the Sydney Sixers will promote LGBTI inclusion at the team’s first ever Pride Match this month.
Members of the LGBTI community in Victoria have been invited to the new CitiPower Centre at Junction Oval in St Kilda to take part in a range of activities.
Proud Cricket Day is open to everyone regardless of experience level, and especially if you have never tried playing cricket before.
Cricket Victoria’s Head of Diversity and Community Emma Staples said that they are determined to continue pushing to make cricket more inclusive than ever.
“Engagement with our LGBTI community is absolutely fundamental to our vision of being the most community-orientated and inclusive sport in Victoria,” she said.
Pride in Sport’s national LGBTI inclusion index currently ranks Cricket Victoria as the top state sport organisation.
“We are extremely proud of the work we have done in this area and have been recognised for that work both here and overseas,” Staples said.
“We continue to work with clubs and associations across our state to help them foster more inclusive practices and to welcome the fantastic opportunities to work with the LGBT+ community.”
Cricket Victoria has been working in partnership with LGBTI sport non-profit Proud 2 Play.
Included in their joint initiatives is a push to introduce LGBTI supporter groups around the popular Big Bash League, with the Sydney Sixers embarking on its own three-year goal of increasing and promoting LGBTI inclusion.
Proud 2 Play Director Ryan Storr says he is thrilled that work on further promoting diversity in sport