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July 07, 2017
  
BRITISH SRI LANKANS CAN SHAPE THE FUTURE OF CRICKET
BRISLA supports ECB consultations on South Asian Community Engagement
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the governing body for cricket in England and Wales, is planning to run a series of regional consultation workshops to help improve its understanding and levels of engagement with South Asian cricket fans across the country.

The ECB wants to ensure that cricket is a game for everyone; full of great experiences whether people play, watch, follow, or work in the game.

To help with this, the ECB wants to hear feedback, ideas and thoughts on how cricket can do this for South Asian communities. They want to hear from people from Afghani, Bangladeshi, Indian, Nepalese, Pakistani, or British Sri Lankan communities.

Whether you are involved in cricket or not; you could be a community leader, regular player, volunteer, coach, school teacher, an armchair fan or a parent of a cricket loving child – everyone is welcome to attend.

The workshops will take place in eight regional venues in Birmingham, Bradford, Dewsbury, East London, Leicester, Manchester, Sheffield and South London throughout July and August. They are designed to encourage local communities to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences on playing, attending or following the game.

Thursday 13th July     The Kia Oval Cricket Ground, London
Sunday 16th July     Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham
Monday 17th July     Dewsbury Town Hall, Dewsbury
Tuesday 18th July     Carlisle Business Centre, Bradford
Wednesday 19th July     Fischer County Ground, Leicester
Thursday 20th July     Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester
Tuesday 25th July     Jack Carter Pavilion, Ilford


Everyone who attends will be entered into a raffle to win 4 VIP tickets to England vs. India or England vs. Pakistan in the summer of 2018. All events will also have free food and drink and offer those who attend a chance to meet players plus free tickets to a local T20 Blast Match.

Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, Guest of Honour at the inaugural BRISLA Awards in 2015 said: "We know that there is an incredible passion for the game within South Asian communities nationwide. Cricket is in their DNA and we want them to help shape our future plans for the game."

Dr Zimar Sivardeen, Chairman of BRISLA says, "This is your chance to make your voice heard. Your ideas and insights will help the ECB build future plans. I would encourage as many Sri Lankans living in the UK to support the ECB in this noble venture."

People interested in attending can register by visiting ecb.co.uk/southasiancricket or emailing rsvp@ecb.co.uk.
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