Kent Cricket to display BSL messaging at all home Vitality Blast matches this Summer

Monday 25th March 2024

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Kent Cricket to display BSL messaging at all home Vitality Blast matches this Summer

This Summer all the first-class venues in England and Wales will feature players using British Sign Language (BSL) on the big screens to promote anti-discrimination messaging.

Matt Parkinson, Jack Leaning, Joe Denly & Tawanda Muyeye will promote messages against discriminatory behaviour in BSL.

Messages will be shown at all matches, including England internationals.

The move comes as part of Sign Language Week.

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Joel Harris and Jake Oakes from the England Deaf Team spent time with more than 70 players from each of the counties and women’s regional teams at Edgbaston, teaching them how to communicate using BSL as part of the campaign.

Harris, a member of Middleton Cricket Club in Greater Manchester, was part of the 2022 England team that won the Deaf Ashes for the first time in Australia.

“British Sign Language isn’t an easy language to learn,” said Harris. “The players have been amazing in the way they have wanted to learn. I have had a lot of good feedback.

“We’re not asking the players to be knowledgeable, but they’ve wanted to know more. We’ve taught them their lines and some of the basics like how important facial expressions and body movement is alongside hand gestures. They’re small but important things for the deaf community to feel welcomed.”

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