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The Gloucestershire Cricket Board are delighted to announce how Masoor Khan has become the GCB’s Urban Development Officer.

Masoor has been with the GCB since October 2014 where he began as a part-time community coach before turning full-time in 2016. Since then Masoor has taken an active role with the majority of our community-based initiatives, becoming the Chance to Shine Street and ECB City Cup lead. Whilst project managing Chance to Shine Street, Masoor and the GCB have received local and national accolades namely Street Coach of the Year 2019 and more recently Project of the Year 2020 for the work within the community of Easton at the Chance to Shine Awards held annually.

During the Cricket World Cup 2019 Masoor was a driving force behind many of our Trophy Tour events, which involved engaging with the local communities of Bristol. This included, bringing the trophy to the 1st Muslim Scouts group, hosting a local tape ball World Cup, organising a street party on St Marks Road to celebrate the world cup and holding a consultation event to break down the barriers between the BAME population of Bristol and Gloucestershire Cricket. Masoor has been a huge contributor to a wide range of events during his time with the GCB.

Masoor moves into a new role, the first of its kind in Gloucestershire, where his main responsibilities align to meeting the objectives of the new Inspiring Gloucestershire Strategy 2020-2024’.  His main priorities will be to, develop a cricketing strategy for Bristol and Gloucester which actively engages with diverse communities and looks to increase the number of opportunities, teams and people participating in cricket across the two cities.  Currently there are a small number of BAME clubs who have junior and women’s and/or girls sections and so a key area of this role will be to increase these numbers along with developing a more significant BAME volunteer workforce.  One method of doing this will be to develop more city based All Stars and Dynamos Cricket programmes, either through the club environment or via community groups.

Masoor will continue to lead the successful delivery of Chance to Shine Street along with other programmes that target city populations.  Masoor will look to improve and further develop community engagement programmes which both use cricket and local cricket assets to improve the lives and well-being of many in urban communities by connecting and engaging with more partners/organisations to deliver cricket and community programmes.

This new opportunity with the Board underpins the Board’s commitment to ‘Growing the Urban Offer’.  Chief Executive, Steve Silk commented…

Masoor’s commitment to providing more people with more opportunities is unrelenting and we look forward to seeing him achieve the goals for ‘Growing the urban offer’ as set out in our latest strategy.  To have a dedicated officer aligned to the growth of cricket across the two cities is something that has always been missing and now we have the opportunity to make a difference in these communities.  I look forward to seeing what can be achieved in this space.

Masoor explained to us how excited he is to be given this opportunity…

Working for the GCB has been a dream come true. To progress from being a community coach to now being able to have an impact across the whole game, clubs and the communities of Gloucestershire is something I am extremely excited about. My aim is to give more people the opportunity to engage with cricket more often.

Masoor will be the main point of contact for all city based programmes and can be contacted via…

Masoor Khan

Urban Development Officer

Mobile – 07958 271415

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