Abbots Langley Cricket Club have decided to promote a mental health charity on their kits this year.
Instead of filling space on their torsos up with a sponsorship deal, the local cricketers will promote Opening Up Cricket, which was formed in 2014 in response to the death of Sefton Park Cricket Club wicketkeeper, Alex Miller.
The charity aims to promote positive mental health in the sport.
Mark Bishop, Abbots CC secretary, explained: “We decided to support this organisation, who are in the process of applying for full charity status, because of the difficult times everyone has experienced during lockdown.
“Mental health amongst cricketers almost certainly would have deteriorated during this period and we decided as a club to bring this serious issue to the attention of our club members and our opponents.
“In addition to featuring the logo on our shirts, we also hosted a workshop where positive actions to combat mental health issues were identified and shared.
“We hope that this gesture encourages any cricketer in the local area who may be suffering mental health issues to speak up about them and seek the help they need.”
For more information about the charity, go to www.openingupcricket.com