The Spitfire Ground hosts its first LGBTQ+ Cricket Taster Event

Tuesday 14th May 2024

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The Spitfire Ground hosts its first LGBTQ+ Cricket Taster Event

At the start of this month, Kent Cricket ran its first LGBTQ+ Cricket Taster Event at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence in Canterbury.

The session followed a similar event at The County Ground, Beckenham earlier this Summer, with premise of provideing a friendly, casual opportunity for LGBTQ+ people to try cricket, and to invite them into Kent Cricket’s grounds possibly for the first time. It was an opportunity for people who may never have played, or stopped playing some time ago, to try bowling and batting at the Ames Levett Indoor Sports Centre at the Home of Kent Cricket.

LGBTQ+ people have often felt excluded from sport, either because they have had difficult experiences in the past, they don’t feel they can be open about their gender or sexuality on a team, or simply because they don’t see enough LGBTQ+ people at games. We know that there are many people from the LGBTQ+ community who play cricket but not always in environments that are supportive and welcoming such that they feel they can truly be themselves in the game.

One participant taking part in the Taster Event said: “I hadn’t really intended to stay that long but I had such a good time and I felt really included. I have never tried cricket before but I really enjoyed it.

“I’ve gained a new appreciation for the skills required to be a professional cricket player and I look forward to seeing those professional skills when I attend a game this summer. Thanks for providing me the opportunity to play.”

The Club is also sending a team of Kent LGBTQ+ cricketers to a T10 Festival in June. If you’re a recreational cricket player who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, please contact Susan.rooney@kentcricket.co.uk if you have any interest in being part of our inaugural team. It’s your chance to be a part of Kent Cricket!

Thanks to all the cricketers who attended and special thanks to Out4Cricket for supporting our cricket taster events and organising the T10 Festival.

Lachlan Smith at Out4Cricket said: “Taster sessions like this are a key way to introduce members of the LGBTQ community to the sport, enabling them to take part in a safe environment.

“The sessions at Canterbury and Beckenham are key parts of our ongoing work with Kent to make cricket as inclusive as possible.”

At Kent Cricket, we’re committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment so that everyone, including people who identify as LGBTQ+ feel welcome and included at all of our matches.


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