Adil Rashid. Current England International & Yorkshire Cricketer:
“Supporting the work of Opening Boundaries is a step in the right direction to raise the issues of gender inequality both In sports and beyond. I wish them the very best in using our great sport as a means to drive for peace and equality around the world, and I encourage everyone to get behind this fantastic organisation”.
Tom Harrison,ECB Chief Executive Officer :
“It’s great to see cricket at the heart of this initiative (#BowlingoOut) and so many different cricketing communities involved. Our sport has a proud tradition of fair play and showing respect for the opposition – values which we believe fit perfectly with this campaign and are easily translated into everyday life. Our congratulations to Opening Boundaries on organising the event”.
Jackie Janmohamed,President of Kenya Cricket:
“it was great to be a part of this innovative initiative campaigning to end violence against women and empowering people to speak up through the medium of cricket. I look forward working with Opening Boundaries and the combined services to replicate a similar event in Kenya in the future”
Chris Green, founder of White Ribbon UK:
"There’s substantial evidence showing that when women are empowered, they experience less violence. As an organisation in the field of preventing male violence against women, we were delighted Opening Boundaries are highlighting the White Ribbon to campaign .”
Major LM Marr, Head of Engagement Armed Services:
‘’We, the Armed Forces, were delighted to take part in the ‘#BowlingOut event’ as it supported two focus areas that we feel really strongly about. Firstly the issue of gender equality which we are as keen as every other area of society to stamp out and secondly the empowerment of women from any religious or ethnic background to be able to play sport, or take part in physical activity of any nature. The Combined Services Team are very much looking forward to the rematch!’’
Greg Mulholland, MP:
"I'm delighted to be supporting the Opening Boundaries event supporting the White Ribbon Campaign. I want everyone to get behind this amazing charity. This is why it is important that we celebrate and inspire others to follow suit. I congratulate the organisers for arranging what promises to be a fantastic initiative".
Neil Speight, CEO Bermuda Cricket:
“Working with Opening Boundaries and Halima has made a significant and lasting contribution to our girls development program in a very short time.
She has a unique combination of skills that allow her to:
Coach girls and boys of all ages
Coach the coaches of youth cricketers
Design programs and lesson plans and associated resources essential to development
Provide valuable contributions to strategy and game development
Build sustainable cricket structures
Halima is a very energetic, highly motivated and professional person and is a joy to work with”
Mark Arthur, CEO Yorkshire Cricket:
"Yorkshire County Cricket Club is delighted to support the White Ribbon Campaign and Opening Boundaries at Headingley and are very much looking forward to hosting the day’s events.
“As a club we pride ourselves on supporting worthwhile initiatives such as this one, especially when the campaign chimes so well with cricket’s culture of respect. We sincerely hope the event proves successful in raising awareness of domestic violence.”
Salma Bi, Captain Inspirational Womens XI:
“I am delighted to captain the first ever all-Asian women's team in the UK. This includes a selection of cricketers from all over the country who have been brought together because of their talent and inspiring stories”.
“The team includes sisters, mothers and daughters who have a link with world cricket. This is the first team to make history, which will encourage many other Asian girls to take up the sport.”
Gulfraz Riaz, Founder National Asian Cricket Council:
“The NACC are delighted to be supporting this hugely important initiative and we look forward to the days events”.
The NACC team which will be captained by Kabir Ali former England and Lancashire player and we are keen to bring together the cricketing family as we all get behind Opening Boundaries message of 'Bowling out Domestic Violence' supporting the white ribbon. I urge all the communities to come and support this worthwhile cause".