Nujum Sports and ECB agree partnership to support inclusion of Muslims in cricket | Cricket News

Nujum Sports and ECB agree partnership to support inclusion of Muslims in cricket | Cricket News

Last update: 06/14/22 09:21

Nujum Sports and the ECB have announced a formal partnership which will develop and guide the inclusion of Muslims in cricket, through training, education and practical advice.

Nujum Sports aims to promote a culture of educational excellence for Muslim athletes. It supports sports clubs, local and national organizations and national sports bodies through training workshops and educational services.

Following the testimony of Azeem Rafiq and other cricket players, the entire game focused on the implementation of a broad action plan, agreed in November 2021, to combat racism and promote inclusion and diversity at all levels of sport.

Nujum has spent the last year advising the ECB, providing advice and guidance on the specific support required for Muslim cricketers throughout the year.

The Muslim Athletes Charter, launched in 2021, is one of the main initiatives carried out by Nujum Sports. Through the Charter, Nujum has made improvements in the training, education and practical guidance of Muslim athletes across a range of sports.

Nujum Sports and the ECB partnership will focus on the needs of Muslim players and communities, from grassroots football to elite cricket, as well as broader education programs for staff, players and clubs.

Commenting on the partnership, Nujum Sports Founder and CEO Ebadur Rahman said, “Cricket deserves to be loved and played by everyone. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are not checklists that we need to check off, but rather tools to help us in the current situation. increasingly demanding world. Cricket changes the lives of everyone associated with it, we are proud to work with the ECB to make the game not only the love of our communities, but also a gateway for our communities to excel. Muslim athletes across the country need to see leadership and support, together with the ECB we aim to deliver that and more.”

Kate Miller, Director of Diversity and Communications at the ECB, added: “Over the past year, Nujum Sports has assisted the ECB, particularly in the run-up to Ramadan, helping us support many clubs and players with practical advice and guidance.

“It is essential for us to ensure that cricket is open, inclusive and accessible to people of all faiths. Working with organizations like Nujum will allow us to learn more, connect better and challenge ourselves to ‘continually improve our work on equity, diversity and inclusion.’ ‘

England All-Round Player and Nujum Sports Ambassador Moeen Ali said: “Throughout my journey in this beautiful sport I have witnessed the ups and downs, without my faith it would have been a great struggle. It’s time we recognized the value of allowing Muslim cricketers to be who they are and allowing them to come together in this family with a sense of trust.”

Jameel Rasheed, Communications Director of Nujum Sports, added: “Our aim is to ensure that cricket, like all sports, is open to all. Muslim athletes, communities and Muslim grassroots cricket must be recognized We hope that with the help of the ECB Localized EDI Action Plans, we will be able to eliminate discrimination and increase the inclusion our communities need to thrive. .”

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