PCA - 12th June - PCA passes EDI Education milestone

PCA - 12th June - PCA passes EDI Education milestone

12 June 2024

The PCA has recently hit a landmark of surpassing EDI education delivery to 750 current professional and academy players in its tailormade ‘Learn Before Wicket’ (LBW) programme.

Players have engaged with the sessions that were developed following the request for more EDI education through PCA member surveys.

The LBW programme has been designed to empower members with the necessary skills and knowledge to embrace diversity, exercise inclusivity, promote equity and equality in their cricket environments.

Developed by the PCA’s Director of EDI, Donna Fraser, and delivered by the PCA’s Inclusion Champions, the LBW series aims to enhance understanding through open and meaningful conversations in a safe space.

The sessions are enthusiastically run by the PCA’s cohort of seven Inclusion Champions, made up of current and former cricketers; Georgia Elwiss, Nancy Harman, Gemaal Hussain, Abi Sakande, Arul Suppiah, David Thompson and Alex Tudor.

Since the start of 2023, 65 sessions have been delivered to 784 players and 161 staff across the programme with squads being able to choose from a variety of different topics including; Inclusive Language, Unconscious bias, Intersectionality, Allyship, Faith & Religion, Disability Inclusion, LGBTQ+ Inclusion with Anti-discrimination being the mandatory topic for the third session.

Coaches and support staff are also encouraged to attend so they can participate in conversations and share experiences.

Interest in the programme from the media grew, and ahead of the recent LBW session at Essex, Fraser and Inclusion Champion Abi Sakande held a session for journalists from Sky Sports News, ESPN Cricinfo, The Telegraph and Cricket Writers Club Chair Dean Wilson to help enhance their understanding of the topics.

The session was led by Sakande, who following the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020 asked the PCA to form an EDI Working Group, which he now co-chairs, to try and stamp out discrimination and provide equality for future generations.

The PCA began delivering anti-racism education to every professional squad in February 2021, before the game-wide EDI Action Plan was released in December 2021.

In May 2022, the PCA announced its independent whistleblowing hotline, before the LBW programme was launched in January 2023. The next part of the LBW takes the players to the third and final stage of the programme as they partake in an anti-discrimination awareness session.

The Inclusion Champions, alongside Fraser, are currently working with AKD Solutions in developing the ‘Equally Yours’ interactive board game that will be used to further develop player’s understanding of all aspects of EDI.