Cricket Australia to develop LGBTI training program
A diversity training program will soon be rolled out to cricket clubs, school teams and indoor cricket centres nationwide after Cricket Australia approved funding for its development.
The program, called A Sport For All, will feature a dedicated guide to LGBTI engagement.
A Cricket Australia spokesperson told SX as part of the program, seminars on inclusion and cultural awareness will be held across cricket’s 75 regions.
“It will also recruit and train people as club ambassadors who will serve as educators on the subject of diversity within Australia’s 3750 clubs.
“By 2017-18, every member of the Australian cricket workforce will have been trained in inclusion and cultural awareness.
“At the same time, all elite Australian cricketers – male and female – will take part in diversity training,” the spokesperson said.
The program has been developed as a result of the Anti-Homophoba and Inclusion Framework, which Cricket Australia is a signatory. It commits the governing body to devise and implement policies that address homophobia and promotes diversity in sport, to be unveiled in time for the Bingham Cup Sydney.
“Cricket Australia will be working with the organisers of the Bingham Cup on the content development of the LGBTI engagement program to ensure it aligns with the Anti-Homophobia Framework,” the spokesperson said.
Four other major sporting bodies signed on to the framework in April, including the Australian Football League (AFL), Australian Rugby Union (ARU), Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the National Rugby League (NRL).
A spokeperson for the AFL told SX it was close finalising its anti-homophobia policy.
“The Anti-Homophobia Policy draws together in a consolidated document a range of existing AFL rules and initiatives that aim to eliminate homophobic discrimination and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to promote inclusion and diversity within our sport and beyond,” the spokesperson said.
“Key objectives of the policy are to build on the capacity of the AFL industry to recognise, respond to and provide support for people affected by homophobia, and to educate and raise awareness in the industry and across the broader community.”
A spokesperson for the ARU said its inclusion policy is being presented to the ARU Board next week.
“We anticipate the Policy will be signed off by the Board and published prior to the first match of the 2014 Bingham Cup,” the ARU spokesperson said.
“By doing so, ARU will be delivering on our commitment to develop an Inclusion Policy, aimed at stamping out discrimination and homophobia, to coincide with the launch of the 2014 Bingham Cup.
A statement from FFA said it aimed to implement its anti-homophobia policy in September.
"Since the signing of the Anti-Homophobia and Inclusion Framework in April, Football Federation Australia has been working with the Nine Member Federations as well as the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League clubs to have the framework in place by the end of August. Once the Framework is established, FFA will work with these stakeholders, as well as the other sports and the Australian Sports Commission, to implement from September 2014 onwards."
Organisers of Bingham Cup Sydney, which are the driving force behind this initiative, said it will undertake a more detailed analysis of their policies after the tournament, which begins on Friday.
"The Bingham Cup committee has received written updates on the implementation of the Framework from each sport," said Bingham Cup Week President Andrew Purchas.
"Based on this information only, it appears there has been varying degrees in which the Framework has been adopted and implemented by the major sports.
"In order to provide an accurate assessment we would need to undertake a more detailed analysis, which we will do after completion of the Bingham Cup in early September."
Purchas said the organisation acknowledged it the timeframe to be “ambitious” given the comprehensive nature of the framework.
“The Framework provides the sporting organisations with a clear structure and guidance to follow to ensure their sports are welcoming and safe for gay, lesbian and bisexual people,” Purchas said.