PCA - 8th March 2024  - PCA hosts inaugural Inspire Inclusion Event

PCA - 8th March 2024 - PCA hosts inaugural Inspire Inclusion Event

March 8

The PCA hosted their first International Women’s Day event #InspireInclusion at the Kia Oval yesterday, Thursday 7 March, in collaboration with Surrey CCC and South East Stars.

#InspireInclusion tickets were booked up weeks in advance with the event attracting 200 people and celebrating diversity and inclusivity in the world of sport throughout the day’s events.

Attendees heard from influential voices and internationally renowned female leaders from on and off the pitch who have been breaking barriers in women’s sport.

The event aimed to equip those involved with information on how to make their own working environments more inclusive.

The PCA’s EDI Director, Donna Fraser OBE, introduced the event with a welcome from PCA Chief Executive, Rob Lynch.

In the day’s first panel, ‘Leadership and Inspiring Future Female Leaders’, those in attendance heard from Inclusion and Diversity specialist in Sport Rimla Akhtar OBE, Director of EDI at the PFA Simone Pound, author and pioneer in women’s sport Sue Anstiss MBE and Commonwealth Games Federation CEO Katie Sadleir.

Their discussions promoted equity and unity through the power of sport as they conversed on how they got into the industry and received questions on how to inspire the next generation of female leaders coming into sport.

The second panel, ‘Challenges and Allyship’ was hosted by Fraser with expert insight from former England cricketer Fran Wilson, former England rugby player Shaunagh Brown and former Welsh footballer Helen Ward. Their stories were truly inspirational whilst also exploring some of the inequalities that they had experienced during their incredible careers.

Questions ranged from how to be a better ally for women’s sport to what advice the panel had for the next generation of athletes, as well as exploring different forms of leadership and lifting others up.

After the panel discussions, refreshments and networking opportunities, eager attendees took part in an introduction to cricket session with expert coaching from former England all-rounder and PCA Inclusion Champion Alex Tudor, former England and Kent off-spinner Min Patel and Western Storm’s Wilson, who quickly changed following the panel discussion.

The session included fielding activities and games before the opportunity to face Tudor in the nets, fully kitted up, as the former England bowler encouraged all to participate.

Narrowing the equity gap has been demonstrated in recent times with the ECB equalising match fees for men’s and women’s players alongside the professionalisation of women’s cricket. In football, FIFA committed to equal prize money at the 2026 and 2027 men’s and women’s World Cups and in rugby the RFU announced greater and more equitable access to training and accelerating the growth of the women’s game.