Nujum Sports and ECB reach partnership agreement to support inclusion of Muslims in the sport of cricket | Cricket News Sky News


Nujum Sports and the ECB have announced a formal partnership that will enhance and drive Muslim inclusion in cricket through education, training and practical advice.

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

Following testimony from Azeem Rafiq and other cricketers, the entire game focused on implementing a broad action plan that was adopted in November 2021.

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

The Muslim Athletes Convention, launched in 2021, is one of the main initiatives run by Nujum Sports. Through the Charter, Nujum made improvements in the education, training and practical guidance of Muslim athletes in various sports.

The Nujum Sports and ECB partnership will focus on the needs of Muslim players and communities, from grassroots football to elite cricket, as well as broader training 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. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are tools to help us in the current situation, not checklists we need to check. an increasingly demanding world. Cricket is changing the lives of everyone connected with it, and we are proud to work with the ECB to make the game not only a gateway for the love of our communities but also for our communities to excel. Muslim athletes across the country need to see leadership and support, with the ECB we aim to provide that and more. »

Kate Miller, Director of Diversity and Communications at the ECB, added: “Over the past year, Nujum Sports has helped the ECB, especially as Ramadan approaches, and has helped us support many clubs and players with practical advice and guidance.

“It is very important to 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 equality, diversity and inclusion.’ ‘

Moeen Ali, UK Versatile Player and Nujum Sports Ambassador, said: “I have witnessed the ups and downs throughout my journey in this beautiful sport, this would have been a great struggle without my faith. . It’s time we realized the value of allowing Muslim cricketers to be themselves and come together with a sense of trust in this family. »

Jameel Rasheed, Communications Director for Nujum Sports added: “Our aim is to make cricket, like all sports, open to all. Cricket from Muslim athletes, communities and Muslim grassroots must be recognized and understood. With the help of the ECB Localized EDI Action Plans, we hope we can eliminate discrimination and increase the participation our communities need to thrive. »