Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI)

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We're committed to ensuring Gloucestershire Cricket is for all.

The Foundation’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan, GRACE, is a wide ranging plan to tackle discrimination and ensure that the game of cricket in Gloucestershire is open to and can be enjoyed by everyone.

If you would like to report a concern you have experienced or witnessed, please let us know.

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GRACE Action Plan - Summary of 2022 activity

Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation published its first Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Plan in 2022. We gave our plan the title ‘GRACE’ and it sets out our determination that cricket in Gloucestershire is a game for everyone.

Our GRACE plan defined specific activities and tasks following guidelines from the England and Wales Cricket Board and our own Inspiring Gloucestershire Strategy.

Our goals highlight five key areas to be delivered across the year:

  1. Player Diversity & Development
  2. Club & League Diversity
  3. Policies, Practices & Governance
  4. Development of Coaches, Officials & Volunteers
  5. Game-wide Culture Change

Last year, we began by reviewing our Foundation’s policy and procedures for dealing with discrimination. We then provided comprehensive training for all our staff and achieved greater diversity within our board of trustees.

We have increased opportunities for players of all ages and backgrounds to pick up a bat and ball by developing our community programmes.  The African-Caribbean Engagement (ACE) Programme has expanded. We now have two urban hubs and we are visiting more schools.  Our Lords Taverner’s Super 1s scheme is growing and is providing inclusive ways to play cricket.  We launched Chance to Shine Street Cricket in Cheltenham and Gloucester. Our All Stars and Dynamos Cricket programmes have given South Asian Girls the opportunity to enjoy the game we love. Our Walking Cricket Programme, for players over 50, has grown, giving people the chance to play cricket at their own pace and to make new friends.

Our Girls County Age Group received more coaching and strength and conditioning support. We recognise that we can still do more but the Foundation’s girls’ programme now more closely mirrors the boys’ pathway.

Through our pioneering GRACE Campaign and by sharing the ECB’s new Anti-Discrimination Code (which clubs and leagues were asked to adopt and implement with immediate effect), we have worked to emphasise that all cricket in Gloucestershire should welcome and accept everybody. Our game is a game for all.  We have also shared information about where discrimination of any kind can be reported and we have ensured that the details have been visible across all levels of the game.  It was particularly powerful to see GRACE posters in the changing rooms and clubhouses across the county in 2022. We are proud that are our clubs and the grassroots game in Gloucestershire are backing our GRACE campaign.

We saw many successes in 2022 and have much to celebrate. But we are under no illusion that this is just the start, and the Foundation is committed to continuing on this journey in 2023. We are determined that Gloucestershire cricket is a game for everyone, and we pledge to continue to work hard to improve equity, diversity and inclusion in everything we do.

A key priority in 2023 will be to improve and share more widely with players our GRACE campaign. We want everyone involved in cricket to be aware of the GRACE principles. We want everyone to feel included and to enjoy cricket. Gloucestershire cricket – a game for everyone.


Consisting of specific activities and tasks from the ECB Game-wide Pledge, our Inspiring Gloucestershire Strategy and ECB Standards, our objectives are aligned to 5 key focus areas that are delivered throughout the year.

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1. Player Diversity & Development

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4. Development of Coaches, Officials & Volunteers

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2. Cricket Club & League Diversity

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5. Game-wide Culture Change

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3. Policies, Practices & Governance

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ECB Raising the Game

The Content Hub is an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion resource provided by the ECB, sharing stories from across the game and beyond to help us better understand different lived experiences. All working towards Raising The Game and enabling us make everyone feel welcome in Cricket.

To access the platform, please use following login details:

  • Username: EDI_Education
  • Password: RaisingtheGame2022!
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Anti-Discrimination Training

The training aims to ensure that those involved in recreational cricket understand and champion diversity and inclusion including players, volunteers, and coaches.

It is a 30 minute e-Learning module designed to support volunteers to understand the 9 protected characteristics according to the Equality Act 2010 and how to spot discrimination and act accordingly.

Please share this game training with others at your club and encourage them to complete it.

EDI Toolkit - Creating a club for everyone

The toolkit has been designed to support discussions and actions within your cricket club that can help create an inclusive environment and help you create a Club for Everyone.

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#Wegotgame Content Hub

We Got Game is a platform designed to elevate the profile of women’s cricket and welcome more young women and girls into the game to drive greater gender balance.

The content hub will support your club to promote activity taking place for women and girls.  This may be new or existing activity.

ECB Inclusive Language Guide

This guide will help empower you to understand how everyday words, expressions, stereotypes, or assumptions can exclude people – with by design or by accident.

This guide is a starting point and the ECB will continue to develop educational tools like this,
so that we can all continue this journey
to making cricket a game for all.

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Ramadan guide

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Lunar Calendar and the most sacred month in the Islamic Calendar. For Muslims, Ramadan is an opportunity to focus on their connection with God with many fasting for the duration.

We wanted to share some insightful and educational content for anyone who’d like to learn more about the holy month and how you can be an ally to those observing it. Download the document that explains more and provides 10 top tips for Ramadan.

Additional Resources

Steve Silk / Chief Executive Officer

Steve joined the Gloucestershire Cricket Board in 2009 after two years as the Wiltshire Cricket Development Manager and 5 years in Local Authority Sports Development. Since 2009, Steve led the GCB to become incorporated (2010) and now has led the process to becoming a Charity. In this time the team has grown from 2 members of staff to 16 and has seen significant diversification of income, bringing many partners to support the charities great work.

Steve has a relentless drive and determination for continual improvement and supported by a great team, the charity goes from strength to strength. Specifically, Steve manages the managers of the charity, leads on all aspects of finance, governance and strategy, as well as overseeing all facility projects and capital grant projects.

Personally, Steve is an avid all round sports fan (especially for his beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers), a husband, a father of two little beauties and a player and volunteer at his local cricket club, Chippenham CC.

Steve Silk / Chief Executive Officer