Information and Alert re Female Players in Open Age Cricket
Dear County Welfare Officer
and Unwelcome behaviour towards Young Female Participants in Cricket
Over the last few weeks the Safeguarding Team
has received reports of sexual harassment of female players, either on the
pitch through inappropriate language or ‘sledging’, or off the pitch via
unsolicited text and social media contact.
Please could you remind clubs, via their
welfare officers, that such behaviour is not acceptable and will not be
tolerated. No young women should receive such attention through taking part in
The following should be brought to the
attention of Club Welfare Officers and clubs in your County:
should be reminded of their own codes of conduct, and the guidance included in
‘Safe Hands’, especially ‘ECB guidance for clubs on the use of Social Media,
texts and email’.
should also be reminded that ‘sledging’ female players by reference to their
body parts constitutes sexual harassment. Where any such incident involves an
under 18 player, this must be reported as a safeguarding matter and will be
dealt with as such.
participants should be encouraged to report any incidents of unwanted comment,
attention or harassment to the Club Welfare Officer, who should inform the County
concerns can also be reported at any time directly to the ECB Safeguarding Team
Thank you for your assistance in making it
clear that such behaviour has no place in our sport.
With best wishes,
England and Wales Cricket Board