- Shubi Arun, 24, from Kingston, London announced as recipient of the LV= Insurance Media Diversity Grant launched to increase diversity among cricket media
- Shubi will undertake a five-month internship beginning in April 2023 with a brief to cover the 2023 domestic cricket season
- LV= Insurance worked closely with The Black Collective of Media in Sport (BCOMS) on identifying the successful candidate, who was chosen via an expert judging panel
Shubi Arun, 24, from Kingston, London has today been announced as the recipient of the LV= Insurance Media Diversity Grant.
The announcement was made during an event at LV=’s offices in Croydon, chosen to coincide with Black History Month. In attendance at the event was England Women’s Cricket World Cup winner Ebony Rainford-Brent, who officially announced that Shubi would receive the grant.
Shubi was chosen as the recipient following a robust process which saw applicants undertake a journalist-style writing task in the final stage. The entries were judged by an expert panel including journalists Dean Wilson (Daily Mirror) and Raf Nicholson (CRICKETHer) as well as Andrew Ducille, Lisa Leroux (both BCOMS) and Jonathan Mansley (LV= General Insurance).
Shubi will undertake a five-month internship beginning in April 2023 with a brief to cover press conferences, matches and events taking place during the 2023 domestic cricket season.
Shubi will also get the chance to work with members of the national cricket media at matches, including the LV= Insurance Ashes Series, and within newsrooms. His role will also include co-writing match reports and news stories for both the LV= Cricket Hub and on behalf of select UK media titles.
PA Media, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Telegraph, The Cricketer, Sky Sports News, and others have already agreed to support Shubi with opportunities to work on their sports desk and at events.
Shubi Arun said: “It’s a dream come true, and I can’t wait to start. From the minute I found out about the grant I was so keen because it is such a rare opportunity to work in cricket. I’m super excited and it means a lot. All my family are incredibly excited as they’re cricket crazy so when I told them what I’m going to be doing next summer they were ecstatic. One big consideration when I came to do my Master’s degree in sports journalism was that I didn’t see many people who look like me in the press box. You do think about it because you want someone to look up to but that is changing and opportunities like this really increases that representation and will help more people get into the industry.”
Ebony Rainford-Brent said: “I like environments to represent society – you want to see different backgrounds represented and we haven’t always seen that. Through initiatives like this we need to find very good, talented people who can be the future of writing or voices in cricket. So, I’m really excited to see where this goes as I think it is going to bring more people through who represent society and inspire more young people that this sport and this industry is for them.”
Jonathan Mansley, Sales & Marketing Director at LV= General Insurance, said: “I would like to say a huge congratulations to Shubi who today has been announced as the recipient of our Media Diversity Grant. This is a great opportunity for Shubi to get exposure to the world of cricket journalism and have the chance to potentially grow into that career. We’d like to thank all the applicants for taking part in the process and also to BCOMS for their support during the application period.”
Drew Christie, Chair of BCOMS, said: “Equity, diversity and inclusion is important for all areas of cricket, none more so than for those who frame the narratives around the game. So, congratulations to Shubi Arun for being selected as the inaugural recipient of the LV= Insurance Media Diversity Grant. Shubi has proven his capacity by coming through a very tough selection process, which BCOMS is pleased to have been part of. Covering the domestic cricket season next year will be an amazing opportunity for Shubi. We're sure he will prove his talents and shine."
In January 2021, LV= Insurance signed a three-year sponsorship deal with The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The deal sees LV= GI become Official Title Partner of Men’s and Women’s Test Cricket in England & Wales, and the Men’s County Championship, until the end of 2023, including the 2023 Men’s Ashes Series.
The partnership followed the launch of #Funds4Runs – a £1million initiative co-funded by LV= and the ECB to help the grassroots cricket community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. In its second full year, the fund will focus on opening up coaching avenues for those involved in the game, aiming to support 4,000 coaches and have an impact on at least 20,000 players from all levels of the game each year.
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