Players representing Leicestershire’s top clubs have united at Grace Road to support efforts to tackle domestic and sexual violence in the county on International Women’s Day.

Leicestershire County Cricket Club fast bowler Ollie Freckingham and women’s cricketers Emily Marriott and UnaParamjothy, as well as Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket Development Officer Tom Leonard, were on hand to support Leicester City Council’s How Many Times campaign.Left to Right Una Paramjothy, Ollie Freckingham, Tom Leonard and Womens Captain Emily Marriott (Leicestershire County Cricket Club) (1024x681)

The campaign aims to increase awareness of the helplines that are available for men or women who have suffered from domestic or sexual violence.

Athletes from football, county cricket, rugby, basketball and university teams, including Andrej Kramarić from Leicester City and Ed Milne from Leicester Tigers, joined together to show their support .

Freckingham said: “Leicestershire County Cricket Club and Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket are pleased to lend our support to Leicester City Council’s How Many Times campaign. It is so important to raise awareness of the problems of domestic and sexual violence, and how people can get help if they need it.”

Leicester City Club Ambassador Alan ‘The Birch’ Birchenall said: “To see so many people come out and support this campaign is fantastic, and hopefully, it’ll go a long way in helping to stop domestic and sexual violence. I think it is their duty as sportsmen and women to make a stand against violence, because people look up to them as role models.”

Sir Clive Loader, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire and Rutland, has funded the campaign. He said: “It is extremely important that, through campaigns like this, awareness of these appalling crime types is raised so it encourages victims to come forward, report the abuse and seek the help and support that is out there.

“Having backing from Leicestershire’s top sports clubs is fantastic, as they have the opportunity to influence those that admire them.”

For more information about the campaign, please visit: www.leicester.gov.uk/howmanytimes