Graces Cricket Club

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Graces Cricket Club

We have approx. 20 playing members and the same number of supporters. We play indoor cricket (usually in Hammersmith) in the winter, have nets at the Oval and Lords and play cricket right across London. Approx 25 – 30 games a season.

What is the goal / dream for your club?

"We exist to to provide an opportunity for people to watch and play cricket irrespective of gender or sexual orientation. Our vision is to assert upon the cricketing and wider sporting community an ideal of total equality and inclusion. More practically we would love to have enough number to field 2 teams, and have an ambition of playing a gay Ashes in Australia."

It is pride month so we want to know what you are most proud of about your club?

"We are a real mix of people, personalities and backgrounds. And we are pretty good at cricket - we won the Middlesex and Essex invitation League last year - our first year playing league cricket after 10 years. We also have as many supporters as players."

What makes a good teammate for your club?

"We have a lot of strong personalities which is great, but the best team mates are able to leave their ego off the field and do whatever is required to help the team."

Why do you think it is important for there to be LGBTIQ+ specific sports clubs/groups?

"Safe space / ability to coalesce around a shared interest. There is unity through being in a team, and a great sense of identity."

Do you have an LGBTIQ+ sporting hero?

"Steve Davies - it was great to see a professional cricketer at the top of the game come out and for the news to be welcome with open arms by the vast majority of the cricket community."

How do you think sport can benefit the LGBTIQ+ community?

"It's great for mental and physical health. And provides role models - of which hopefully we will see more in the coming years."
“We have a lot of strong personalities which is great, but the best team mates are able to leave their ego off the field and do whatever is required to help the team.”
Graces Cricket Club

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