Club continues to support Rainbow Laces campaign

Wednesday 24th August 2022

Kent Cricket will once again be showing support for the Rainbow Laces campaign weekend, which coincides with Kent Spitfires’ Royal London Cup Quarter Final against Leicestershire Foxes on Friday & Kent Women’s London Championship match with Essex at The County Ground, Beckenham.

Rainbow Laces is an annual event in the cricketing calendar that invites players, officials, fans and volunteers to promote inclusion and celebrate in solidarity with the UK’s LGBTQ+ community.

Started by the charity Stonewall in 2013, it began with asking players to lace their boots with rainbow-coloured laces to heighten LGBTQ+ awareness and has since grown into a national event across many sports throughout the calendar year.

In cricket, it is taking place from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 August 2022. A number of elite matches are taking place across the weekend, including the second LV= Insurance England Men’s Test vs South Africa at Old Trafford, which coincides with Manchester Pride; games across The Hundred; and the Royal London Cup Quarter Finals.

But it’s not just about the elite games. Kent Cricket echoes Rainbow Laces’ call to every club to have an opportunity to celebrate the weekend.

A freely available web toolkit is available for clubs to download and use, and it includes a number of ways for clubs to get involved, from sharing content on social media, to hosting your own Rainbow Laces match.

This year the ECB has been working with Proud Surrey – the first LGBTQ+ supporters’ group in cricket – to create a new national supporters’ group for the LGBTQ+ community.

Launched this summer as Pride in Cricket, the group aims to provide a safe and welcoming space for fans at venues around England and Wales, as well as monthly email updates and social events.

Fans can now register their interest in joining the group online, and follow the @PrideInCricket social media channels for updates.

In the spirit of Raising The Game, Rainbow Laces weekend gives your club a chance to make a public commitment to making cricket a game for everyone.

Celebrating Rainbow Laces helps to create a more welcoming environment in cricket for the LGBTQ+ community, including fans, players, officials, volunteers who don’t currently feel they can be themselves.

By embracing diversity, sport can drive societal change and take important steps to eradicate discrimination wherever it exists.

Cricket has already made progress on these issues, but there is much more to be done. Taking small steps can often have a huge impact.

View Rainbow Laces Toolkit

Kent Spitfires captain Sam Billings does his rainbow laces up during the Vitality Blast match between Somerset and Kent Spitfires at Taunton on 10 August 2019.