Later this week, on Friday at Lord’s, members of both Middlesex Cricket’s and Sunrisers’ coaching groups will take part in an online Ramadan coaching session, hosted by Middlesex’s partner, Nujum Sports.
Middlesex have been working closely with Nujum Sports since late 2021 and became the first professional cricket Club to sign the Muslim Athlete’s Charter in early 2022. This latest online training session, which will be see the coaches of Middlesex’s Men’s, Women’s, Youth and Disability squads taking part, plus the Sunrisers coaching team, is the latest of a number of online educational seminars run for the Club by Nujum since the two organisations have worked together.
Previously, Nujum have run coaching sessions for Middlesex’s staff and playing groups, with the Club’s members also invited to participate in online events.
In the session this week, being run ahead of Ramadan beginning, Nujum will provide advice to the coaching groups on how best to support players throughout the month, learning all about Ramadan, giving them a greater understanding of why Muslims fast in the period, the impact this has on the players, and to debunk some of the myths that surround Ramadan.
Furthermore, members of Middlesex staff and players are also invited to join the Nujum team on Tuesday night this week at Lord’s, for a Ramadan launch event, where Nujum Sports are presenting all players of Muslim faith representing the Club with Ramadan packs to help them through the upcoming period of fasting.
Speaking of this week’s events with Nujum, the Club’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee Chair, Ankit Shah, commented:
“Our relationship with Nujum enters its second year and education forms a big part of both our EDI and our Safeguarding Committees’ objectives – the work with Nujum continues to enrich the club. The sessions they have previously run for the Club have been inspiring and I know our coaches are very much looking forward to this Friday’s event.
“A greater understanding of Ramadan and the needs of Muslim cricketers is hugely beneficial to all of us at the Club, especially our coaches, for whom this session will prove invaluable.
“Educating ourselves around the needs of others is essential to us ultimately providing a safe and inclusive environment for everyone, and the knowledge and expertise that Nujum possess in this area is second to none.”
On behalf of Nujum Sports, Founder and CEO, Ebadur Rahman, commented:
"We've been on a journey with Middlesex Cricket - the first County Cricket Club to sign the Charter.
“Since signing, we've taken the club on a mosque tour with their players, delivered a Ramadan awareness session last year and delivered a dressing room culture workshop to their first team players this year.
“We are super excited to continue our relationship with Lorraine, Fletch, Mash and rest of the team this year."