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A host of incredible people from the world of cricket including Michael Holding, Roland Butcher, Mark Butcher & Sophia Dunkley have backed today’s launch of the ACE Programme as an independent charity.

A project designed to increase cricketing opportunities for members of the Black community, ACE has received significant funding from Sport England and will now become its own independent charity.

It will be Chaired by Ebony Rainford-Brent, a broadcaster, Surrey CCC board member and the first Black woman to play for England – who inspired the project’s initial creation earlier this year.

In addition to the Sport England funding, the ACE Programme has also received a grant from the England and Wales Cricket Board, allowing a programme to be launched in Birmingham in 2021. This will be delivered in association with Warwickshire County Cricket Club and be overseen by ACE’s first Director of Programmes, Chevy Green – who becomes ACE’s first full time employee.

Honorary Patrons for the charity are Roland Butcher, Michael Holding, Denise Lewis OBE & Sir Trevor McDonald while Mark Butcher, Sophia Dunkley, Alex Tudor & Lonsdale Skinner will become Ambassadors for the charity.

You can hear from some of those below.

To listen to the full press conference as a podcast, click here.

Click here to go to the ACE Programme’s website and here for its own dedicated Instagram channel.