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England and Wales Cricket Board to support Rainbow Laces campaign

Cricket follows after football and rugby teams joined in with the Rainbow Laces campaign last year

England and Wales Cricket Board to support Rainbow Laces campaign
A footballer sports rainbow laces produced by LGBT advocacy group Stonewall

The England and Wales Cricket Board are to support Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign this weekend.

Thousands of people, from fans to players, will put on rainbow laces while a series of matches take place.

They want to ensure LGBT people welcome and included in the sport.

Sky TV commentators will also don the laces.

Rainbow flags will be displayed during the pre-match ‘guard of honor’ as teams are welcomed on to the field.

A rainbow band will also decorate the cricket stumps.

This is the first time the sport will celebrate LGBT fans and players.

‘Our campaign aims to make sport everyone’s game’

Robbie De Santos is the Head of Campaigns at Stonewall. He said: ‘It’s great that cricket has joined our campaign and is giving so much support and visibility to LGBT equality in sport this weekend.

‘We know from our research that across all sports there are LGBT people who don’t feel welcome or able to be themselves. Our campaign is aimed at making sport, whatever sport that is, everyone’s game.

‘We want as many sports, sports associations, organizations and clubs to join our campaign and be visible and proud of their support of LGBT people. Whether they’re players or fans.’

The English Football League, the Football Association and Rugby Football Union joined the Rainbow Laces campaign last year.

Stonewall works with sports clubs at all levels to help their LGBT inclusion and diversity in all forms.

Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, said: ‘Our thanks to Stonewall for inviting ECB to support the campaign and spread the message that cricket is a game for everyone.

‘We’re proud to be a part of it. We’ll be encouraging as many fans, players and officials as possible to show their support for the initiative by sporting rainbow laces this weekend.

‘It’s a great way to reiterate that all communities are very welcome in the cricket family.’

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