ECB supports London World Pride

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An estimated 25,000 people took part in the London World Pride event on Saturday - its biggest turnout - including members of the ECB, a founder signatory to the Government's Charter against Homophobia and Transphobia in Sport.

A capacity crowd packed Trafalgar Square to see fantastic performances from artists including Boy George and Deborah Cox and to hear from campaigner Peter Tatchell paying tribute to 40 years of pride in London.

London was selected as the World Pride host city for 2012 - linking Britain's celebration of sport and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - and this event showed just how passionate and inclusive Britain is.

The ECB has joined forces with London-based Graces CC - possibly the world's only gay cricket club - whose ground is at the London Marathon Playing Fields, Greenford, West London.

Graces was founded in 1996 and plays successfully in a local cricket league. They are on the lookout for new members to increase their membership and volunteers to enable them to field two teams in future seasons.

London World Pride

An estimated 25,000 people took part in the London World Pride event on Saturday - its biggest turnout - with the ECB represented

Members of the ECB and Graces marched through the central streets of London, distributing information about cricket and how people can get involved. They joined forces with nine other national governing bodies of sport to take part in this special event.

Sue Redfern, the ECB's new Inclusion and Diversity Manager, told ecb.co.uk: "To be part of London World Pride was a really exciting experience, walking alongside people who are truly passionate about why they were ‘marching’ and how they wanted to raise awareness of their own sport and celebration of the diversity which exists really showed me how cricket and sport is a game for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender or race.

"Let's celebrate this fact and truly embrace as many people as possible to our beautiful game."