Rainbow Laces

Last Updated: 01 Sep 2017
On 31 August, the Cheltenham Civil Service Cricket Club was in New Brighton, where they finished runners-up to the Bolton Civil Service Cricket Club in the final of the Civil Service Curtis-Bennett Shield.

But something other than their cricketing skills made the second best team in the Civil Service stand out. The Cheltenham Civil Service Cricket Club team were all sporting Rainbow Laces, joining the Stonewall campaign to support LGBT inclusion in sport
The team's laces were sponsored by GCHQ, a Stonewall Top 100 employer, and an organisation that has long advocated diversity and inclusion. 

A GCHQ spokesperson said:

"We're proud to be partnering with Cheltenham Civil Service Cricket Club to promote this campaign because irrespective of whether you're a batsman or bowler, cryptographer or a linguist, knowing that you can be yourself ensures your team gets the best out of you. 
"We've always celebrated what our current and previous LGBT colleagues have given to our mission, and we will continue to support Stonewall's campaign to make sport and workplaces welcoming to everyone."


Rainbow laces on a cricketer's shoes
©GCHQ 2017