ECB to join Pride in London parade
Last Updated: 05/07/18 12:13pm
The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced they are to participate in the Pride in London parade on Saturday.
The ECB's presence represents a significant milestone in terms of LGBT inclusion in sport, as the first sports national governing body to have its own individual entry in a UK Pride march.
Watched by over two million people, Pride in London is the UK's biggest Pride event, and the ECB is keen to demonstrate its continued support for the LGBT community as part of its Diversity Action Plan and Stonewall Diversity Championship Partnership.
ECB employees will march alongside colleagues from principal partner NatWest and the #NoBoundaries campaign as well as six representatives of cricket clubs from across the country.
ECB People Director, Rosie Ranganathan, said: "We're hugely proud to be taking part in Pride in London, it demonstrates our continued commitment to making ECB and cricket in general as welcome and accessible as possible.
"Cricket is a game for all and we want to demonstrate our support for the LGBT community. Nobody should feel they can't get involved in our sport and it's important to us that everyone feels welcome in cricket.
"We're also hugely excited to be taking part in Rainbow Laces from July 27-29, across the Kia Super League and Vitality Blast. It had a fantastic first year in 2017 and we look forward to seeing how it grows this season."
The ECB was previously part of a combined parade entry at London Pride 2012, along with the RFL, RFU, England Hockey, England Golf, the FA, LTA & England Athletics, but are coordinating their own entry this year.