Who We Are
Opening Up Cricket was formed in 2014 in response to the death of Sefton Park CC wicket keeper Alex Miller and a will to promote positive mental health in our sport.
Alex took his own life in December 2012 and in the year that followed team mates supported the work of C.A.L.M to pay tribute. This has continued but as the season following his passing came to a close there was a thought to do something more lasting and further reaching.
As a result, the organisation was created with the aim of speaking to local cricketers about the experience of losing Alex in the hope that more conversation about this topic could prevent further tragedies.
Now, in 2020, we have delivered over 250 sessions across the United Kingdom and Australia. The desire to get our message to the cricketing community remains as strong as it was at the beginning.
We are run by unpaid volunteers with help from the National Lottery Community Fund who have provided a grant for sessions costs so that groups can receive them without charge. We also owe a lot of thanks to the support provided by clubs, leagues and partners who have supported in many ways more to allow us to go further than the grant.
Currently we are registered as a Community Interest Company but are now in the process of applying for registered charity status.
An absolutely fantastic session, learning about how we can be positive and proactive with our mental health
Edinburgh University CC
What an inspiring and informative chat! Thank you Mark for taking the time to come and speak to us. We really appreciate it
Worcestershire Women’s Rapids
Brilliant and thought provoking talk last night. Some great conversations were had and we thoroughly recommend getting in touch with Mark
Brilliantly educational evening. Thanks so much to Mark for the session
Fantastic session on mental health tonight with Mark. Main themes of the evening were positive mindsets, mental fitness and recognising the signs of declining mental health. The benefits of understanding mental health cannot be understated.