Yorkshire County Cricket Club today opened a dedicated multi-faith room at Headingley.
Dignitaries including the Club’s CEO Mark Arthur, Arif Ahmad (Yorkshire Cricket Foundation), Lord Patel, Baroness Scotland, Dr Muhammed Asim MBE and Reverend Adam Clayton (Diocese of Leeds) attended today’s inauguration.
Situated in the East Stand, the multi-faith room has been opened in partnership with Regal Group and Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and will be fully operational for next Thursday’s Royal London One Day International fixture between England and Pakistan.
Younis Chaudhry, CEO of Regal Food Products Plc, said: ‘‘Sport has always brought people together and a multi-faith room in such a revered sports venue is great homage to this notion.
“It is an honour to be part of such a positive initiative to help promote a facility where, not only can people from multiple faiths and different walks of life come together to practice their faith, relax and reflect, but can also learn about other faiths.”
The multi-faith room will be open for all individual and collective prayer and reflection and reinforces the Club’s continued commitment to inclusivity and diversity.
Arthur added: “Yorkshire Country Cricket Club is a global brand and, while plans to redevelop Headingley continue to gather pace, we felt it necessary to cater for our increasingly diverse fan base by setting aside a dedicated multi-faith prayer room.
“Here at Headingley we welcome people of all backgrounds and strive to open up cricket to the widest possible audience. Understanding the requirements of fans of all religions is vital in ensuring that our customer experience remains one of the highest quality.”