Middlesex Cricket is today proud to announce that the Club has become the first in the game to sign the Muslim Athlete Charter, to firmly demonstrate its commitment to equality and diversity for all.
With an increase of more Muslim players in the game as well as an increased number of Muslim fans enjoying the game from the side-lines, Middlesex Cricket has signed the Muslim Athlete Charter to help the Club learn, listen, and adopt best practice to help its players flourish and its fans feel valued, loved, and supported.
The Charter is a positive move towards the Club building a greater understanding of the needs and requirements of its Muslim players and followers and is a firm commitment to supporting the wider work the Club is doing around diversity and inclusivity in its focussed desire to make Middlesex Cricket a Club that is welcoming to all.
The Charter is an important step in Middlesex aiming towards achieving its goals and will enable the Club to grow and implement best practice across the Club and wider game.
The signing of the Charter is the beginning of a journey to be fully accredited with the Nujum Sports Muslim Athletes Charter, which will help Middlesex strengthen its voice and zero tolerance policy towards any form of discrimination.
On signing the Charter, Ankit Shah, Co-Chair of Middlesex Cricket’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, commented:
“We are absolutely focussed on learning all that we can in our quest to make Middlesex a wholly inclusive Club. There is a lot of good work already happening, however there is much still to be done if we are to reach our goals, and the signing of this Charter is a significant step towards us getting there. This is not about us promoting cricket, this is about us showing that cricket is a game that is welcoming and can be enjoyed by everyone at all levels.
“Making this commitment will assist us greatly in ensuring that the steps we are taking have a positive and valuable impact on the lives of those in the game, and I couldn’t be prouder that Middlesex Cricket has followed many leading organisations in other sports in signing the Charter.
“We are very much looking forward to working with Ebadur and those involved at the Charter to ensure that we continue to learn, continue to grow, and most importantly deliver on our promises to make Middlesex Cricket representative and inclusive of all the communities that sit within the many diverse boroughs across the county.
By signing the Charter we have started our journey of working with Nujum Sports and look forward to working closely with them in our desire to become fully accredited in the future.”
Ebadur Rahman, CEO and Founder of Nujum Sports said:
“Having signed the Charter, Middlesex Cricket is joining a positive movement of solidarity, equality, and recognition of the contribution Muslims make in their respective clubs and teams.
“Nujum is here to support professional clubs and their players and contribute positively to their equality and diversity agenda. We are here to help them aspire to be even more inclusive and build on the passion and love we have for our respective clubs, players and fans.”To learn more about Nujum Sports and the Charter, please visit www.nujumsports.co.uk/pledge