Surrey County Cricket Club are celebrating Black History Month this October by shining a light on some of the most important figures in the Club’s 177-year history.
Black History Month recognises the contribution and achievements of the Black community around the world and offers the chance to challenge racism in sport and beyond.
This year, in association with the ACE Programme, Chance to Shine and Surrey Cricket Foundation, Surrey CCC will show our commitment to Raising The Game with a special Black History Month tour of The Kia Oval, led by ACE Director of Programmes Chevy Green and former Surrey and England batter Monte Lynch.
The tour will be made available to young people attending the Chance to Shine Street half-term cricket competition and will talk specifically to the contribution of Black players to the history of The Oval. The tour will educate young people from different backgrounds about those players and showing them where the players are recognised around the ground.
In the lead-up to the event, the Surrey Cricket website and Surrey CCC social media pages will showcase Black players from throughout the Club’s history and tell the important story of the contribution the Black community has made to the Club and to the sport.
Steve Elworthy, CEO of Surrey County Cricket Club said: “As a club we look to promote the idea that ‘cricket is for everyone’ year-round and mark the contributions made by those from Black backgrounds to the game and to the Club.
“I’m happy that, alongside the Surrey Cricket Foundation, the ACE Programme and Chance to Shine, we can come together to celebrate Black History Month and the huge impact the Black community has had on the success of this club.”