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Due to the COVID19 Virus all cricket is suspended until further notice.

We need to follow government advice. 

We also need to look after our families.

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ECB COVID-19 Update 30/5/2020
Jun 1, 2020, 10:33 am




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Dear all,  

We hope you were able to enjoy the bank holiday weekend. Below is the latest COVID-19 update which includes an update on the recreational game.

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Recreational Game update

Last night the government confirmed that groups of six can meet outside from Monday June 1,  provided people from different households observe social distancing (staying 2m apart). This applies to England, with the First Minister of Wales today announcing that people from two different households in the same local area can meet outside.

 

While this is good news, it is not an immediate ‘go’ for organised team sports. We are having discussions with Sport England and DCMS about what this means specifically for cricket, to then understand how we can support our clubs to initiate plans to get people back playing cricket.

 

Yesterday ECB published guidance for the professional domestic season, which will not restart before 1 August.

Recreational cricket will work to a different timeline, but one that again, will be guided by changes to Government advice. We continue to work with DCMS to see its phased return, and it is our hope that we can provide opportunities to play to everyone this summer.

 

For now, the recreational game remains suspended with no cricket to be played with the sole exception of, in England, the ability to use outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise. You can access this guidance here.  

Like all fans of cricket, we wish to see our players, from every part of the game, safely return to the field as soon as possible. With the brilliant spell of weather, we have enjoyed lately, we too understand the immense frustration an absence of play is causing. Thank you all for your patience, as we, alongside everyone else in society, abide by the timelines we have been given by Government.

 

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Updated Guidelines from the Grounds Management Association

The Grounds Management Association (GMA, formerly the Institute of Groundsmanship), working in partnership with the ECB, have recently updated their advice to those managing cricket grounds during COVID-19 lockdown. These updates are in response to the current weather, where we are in the growing season and recent updates from the ECB on The Use of Outdoor Cricket Facilities During Lockdown.

Key updates include reducing grass cut heights to help with sward density, managing irrigation on squares and avoiding dry rolling, spiking and deep scarification, all of which can cause problems on dry squares.

The advice is aimed at ground staff managing grounds at all clubs, schools and local authorities and is available here.

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#Raisethebat - Celebrating our Cricket Heroes

Following the nominations that you have been sharing over the past few weeks, we are delighted to let you know about details of our Raise The Bat campaign which will be going live on Monday.

The campaign is intended to recognise and thank all key workers, but especially those within our cricket community who have laid down their bats to help us get through this difficult time. In honour of their dedication, we are encouraging the whole cricket community to raise their bats in tribute.

We are paying special tribute to a selection of nominees who have been recognised by our England teams. However, we know there are others out there who are doing amazing things and would like to use the campaign as an opportunity to identify more cricket-loving key workers and recognise them through your channels too.

The campaign will launch 10am on 1 June and run through to 8 July, appearing on outdoor media in key cities and across the ECB’s digital and social channels. We will be driving user-generated content across social channels through the use of the hashtag #raisethebat, asking people to recognise key workers they know and raise their bat to them.

From Monday, a selection of assets will be available to download from the ECB Resource Hub, and we will also upload a toolkit which shows the campaign objectives and creative, and provides more detail on how you can support this campaign across your own channels, including some key messaging to help.

Should you have any queries on this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch in the first instance with your County Board.

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COVID-19 Support from NatWest

Whilst we’re waiting for cricket to return, if you’re looking for some new inspiration and support for home-schooling to keep young cricket fans and future players entertained, take a look at NatWest MoneySense Programme and MoneySense Monday’s for interactive fun whilst they’re at home.

NatWest MoneySense is a free, fun programme for children aged between 5 and 18 available online, we’ve even included a fun cricket puzzle for 8-12 year olds which you can view and download here, plus take a look at the new Island Saver game which you can also download.

Currently, every Monday morning, we’re live on NatWest Facebook and YouTube channels for an engaging and interactive lesson. NatWest MoneySense Monday’s live focuses on a different topic each week to help introduce finance at home. Take a look at a recent lesson where we had special guest Michael Vaughan and his daughter Jemima taking part in a fundraising task.

For more inspiration and support on home schooling your young cricket fans and future players, check out all the MoneySense sessions on our NatWest YouTube channel here.

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Start your coaching journey today

Through iCoach Cricket you can access hundreds of games and practices for at home and the club. As we begin to think about when we might return there’s never been a better time to begin your coaching journey. The platform here provides regularly updated content including drills, training plans, and interviews to inspire and support you on your coaching journey.

Have a look at the latest additions below to provide some inspiration:


Message from Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League
May 23, 2020, 2:13 pm
N&TCL Report & Update: Suspension of Recreational Cricket
 
Last Friday ECB confirmed the continued suspension of recreational cricket until further notice with a sole exception relating to use of nets and pitches for exercise.  Thus whilst the ECB statement requires clubs to make a decision as to whether they are opening up any facilities (subject to their fulfilling ECB specifications) the fundamental situation remains unchanged, namely, there will be no cricket matches played in the forthcoming weeks. 
 
In the Action Plan circulated to clubs on 18 March the Executive Committee emphasised that its "members will be keeping the virus situation under continuous review with the aim of starting the season as soon as possible after ECB advises that it is safe to do so”.  As part of that review the Executive Committee, at its video conference meeting on Tuesday evening, confirmed its strategy "to maximise the amount of cricket played whilst ensuring that the health and safety of clubs, players, umpires and officials are the prime consideration”.  In this context members concluded that the options set out in the Action Plan remained relevant and reemphasised that there was a need to ensure that any decisions are "such that clubs, players, umpires and officials are comfortable with the decisions made" .
 
At this stage, not knowing what (if any) date the ECB might specify for the start of season, it is not possible to confirm the format of competitions or fixtures.  However, as indicated in the Action Plan, the Executive will seek to ensure that competitions are organised taking into account the number of weeks available and any difficulties clubs may be facing and this would apply even if cricket were to start as late as August - competitive cricket will be arranged by the League, for August/September if feasible.
 
It is recognised that all Full Member clubs have paid their membership subscription for 2020.  Bearing in mind the current situation it has been decided that this payment will be carried over into 2021 and treated as the subscription for that year irrespective of whether cricket does or does not resume in 2020.
 
The Executive understands the concerns felt by clubs and will seek to ensure you are kept updated in the event of developments taking place.  In the meantime, however, if you have any queries and/or require further information please contact the League Secretary.
 
Issued on behalf of the Executive Committee 
 

ECB "We are Together Through This Test"
May 23, 2020, 2:10 pm
Northumberland Cricket Board will be joining in with all County Boards across the Country as part of the 'We are Together Through This Test' campaign.  If you or your club have been part of any initiatives which have helped your local Community during this difficult time we would love to hear from you and share the great stories within Northumberland.  Simply email admin@northumberlandcricketboard.co.uk with any information. 
 
 
The cricket community has come together to support each other and the nation through the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 200 initiatives running to support local communities. 
 
Players and clubs – both professional and recreational – are going above and beyond in their efforts to boost morale, raise money and help those most in need during this difficult time. 
 
From supporting vulnerable members with phone calls from county cricket stars through the #MakeThatCall initiative, to delivering food to NHS workers and homeless charities around the country. 
 
As well as looking out for others, there are also over 100 initiatives to help people look after themselves, with mental and physical health taking centre stage. 
 
Younger cricket fans are also being engaged through education programmes and shirt design challenges. 
 
For further information and to check out the resources available, visit www.ecb.co.uk/covid19
 
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ECB COVID-19 Update 15/5/2020
May 16, 2020, 3:20 pm
 

 

ECB Update - Covid-19

Dear all,

Following this week’s government announcements, below is the most up to date guidance regarding the recreational game, in particular the use of outdoor facilities.

We ask that you continue to Stay Alert and abide by the social distancing recommendations that are still in place.

Recreational Game Update

The below provides an Executive Summary of our latest guidance on the use of outdoor facilities. The full guidance can be found here.

 

Executive Summary

The purpose of these guidelines is to offer practical guidance to players and clubs on the steps they should take to remain safe whilst undertaking exercise in an outdoor cricket club environment.

  

These guidelines currently apply to England only. Lockdown restrictions remain in place in Wales with a review due to take place on 28 May 2020.

  

These guidelines have been produced in line with the UK Government guidance on public spaces, outdoor activity and exercise published on 11 May 2020, which can be read here. Supporting guidance published on 13 May 2020 can be found here.

 

All activity should be consistent with the Government guidance regarding health, social distancing and hygiene.

 

In ‘Our Plan to Rebuild’, the UK Government stated that team sports should not be played outside of a household.

 

ECB maintains the position that all recreational cricket remains suspended until further notice, with the sole exception of the use of outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise as set out in our detailed guidance document.

 

Our primary and ongoing goal is to protect the health of everyone in and around the game.

  

The adjusted lockdown restrictions provide an opportunity for the use of outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise.

 

In summary:

  • You can exercise outdoors on your own, with members of your household or with one other person from outside your household while keeping two metres apart at all times. You must only exercise in groups of no more than two people, unless you are exercising exclusively with members of your household.
  • Social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (unless all participants are members of the same household).
  • Only one-to-one coaching is permitted per session.
  • Nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between nets.
  • Clubhouses can be reopened in a limited way for operational reasons (e.g. for access to first aid equipment) or for toilet access (see full guidance) but all communal areas including bar, changing rooms etc are to remain closed for general use.
  • Toilet facilities can be opened if the venue wishes, but particular care should be taken by those using them and those cleaning them. Where they are open, venues must ensure soap and water is provided.
  • No indoor activity at all.
  • We recommend using your own equipment if possible. If equipment is being shared, please follow UK Government’s guidance on the sharing of equipment.
  • No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.
  • Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.

 

ECB is clear that outdoor facilities should only reopen if those responsible for them are ready to do so and they can do so safely, following public health guidance: no club should reopen their outdoor facilities if they feel unable to meet the requirements.

 

For clubs, you will need to have the following in place:

  • Properly maintained facilities.
  • A booking system for outdoor space or other means to manage access and demand.
  • The capability to advise individuals when booking to check for symptoms of COVID-19 and in turn to advise individuals when booking that - in line with current Government guidance - if they are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if they are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, they should remain at home and follow Government guidance.
  • A sanitation procedure between use/booking.
  • A representative of the club on site during the hours that the outdoor facilities are open for use.
  • Closed signs should be displayed when facilities are not open (including where a club does not wish to or is not ready to reopen) to deter use by general public particularly where there is open access.
  • Updated signage and access points.
 

For individuals, you will need to:

 

  • Seek confirmation from the club that it has reopened and make a booking.
  • Check for symptoms of COVID-19. In line with current Government guidance, if you are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, you should remain at home and follow Government guidance.
  • Avoid public transport if at all possible.

 

ECB has provided detailed guidance on the preparation and administration of outdoor facilities for clubs, and guidelines for participation for individuals. The situation is evolving constantly, and we will continue to update our guidance as more information becomes available.

 

Further advice is available at the GOV.UK and Sport England websites. Please regularly check these sites and the updated ECB guidance as this policy position is likely to change over time and could also become more regionalised and localised as time progresses.

 

The full guidance document can be found here.

 

Nominate your Cricket heroes

There are some great ideas coming in from across the network, we’ve seen one from Worcestershire and Warwickshire on nominating their Cricket Heroes, and we’d like to scale this to a national campaign celebrating the games key workers.

We want to thank all those key workers across the country who are working so hard to protect us all, and keep the country running during this time. In particular, we want to thank individuals from the recreational game who have laid down their bats and balls for the summer in order to support us all.

If you know of any key workers, (e.g. NHS, Teachers, Care Home Workers) within your county who you wish to nominate as a Cricket Hero please share your nominations with us by emailing us here  before 12pm on Monday. Please note the only way to nominate is via email. We’ll collate these and will be in touch with both you and your nominations if your submission is selected as one of our profile nominations.

 

Please include

 

  • Full name of your nomination
  • Email of the person you are nominating*
  • The reason for nominating them
  • The club they play at

 

*This email address will only be used for correspondence relating to this initiative and not any other marketing purposes.

 

 
 

NatWest MoneySense

We know that whilst some of us are staying home with our young cricket fans, it can be difficult to keep home schooling engaging. We take our hats off to all those who are currently doing this!

 

NatWest MoneySense is a free, online fun programme for children aged between 5 and 18.

 

Each week, NatWest MoneySense Monday’s will focus on a different topic to help introduce finance topics at home. On Monday 18th May at 10.30 - 11.00am NatWest ambassador and England Cricket legend, Michael Vaughan and his daughter, Jemima, will be joining the MoneySense Monday’s session for 8-12 year olds. The interactive lesson will focus on fundraising for charities, including what charity to choose, running fundraising events and how to communicate your fundraising.

 

For more inspiration and support on home schooling your young cricket fans and future players, join in on NatWest Facebook and YouTube channels this Monday.

Staying Connected

Over the course of the next few weeks we’ll be sharing our latest videos, content and updates with the recreational cricket family over email and across our social media channels.

 

We recognise that there is a nervousness from clubs that they may lose contact with their club members during this time and we want to do everything we can to help keep cricket at the forefront of their minds.

 

We’d encourage you and your networks to follow our social media channels below, and to remind your cricketers that whilst they may normally receive their weekly stats via player-comms, if they haven’t opted in to marketing communications we sadly won’t be able to continue to communicate with them whilst there is no cricket. For those who are opted-in, an example of the types of communications we are sharing can be found here. This will be sent on Saturday morning.

 

Please do share the opt-in link above and visit the Facebook page via the link below. 

 
 

The Dynamos Cricket App

The Dynamos Cricket app is now available to download via the links below and we would encourage you to share the download links with your cricket networks.

The Dynamos Cricket app is the perfect cricket application for all children aged 8+, and it is designed for those who have never played cricket before, as well as those looking to build on what they already know. 

The 18 different skills videos and interactive quizzes provide lots of ways for children to get active at home, even with minimal space and equipment.

Coach Development during COVID-19 with icoachcricket

As part of our response to the cancellation and postponement of face-to-face programmes and workshops we have launched a series of coaching webinars, held every Thursday afternoon.

 

The webinars have allowed us to continue developing and supporting coaches at what would have been a busy period both locally and nationally. So far Jane Powell, Ashley Giles and Peter Such have been our guests – the recordings are available in the Kitbag area of icoachcricket here.

 

Our next icoachcricket Live will be held at 2.00pm on Thursday 21st May and features Vicky Macqueen, founder of Didi Rugby and former England rugby international, sharing her insights into coaching young children, how to involve parents in sessions and what this may begin to look like as we return to a ‘new normal’.

 

Register here to secure your place or contact coachdevelopment@ecb.co.uk for more information.

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Two ECB Updates
May 13, 2020, 8:16 pm

Just a couple of updates which we hope will be of interest to you and your club, firstly in relation to a return to cricket activities from the ECB:


 

‘’We are aware that the UK Government has announced changes that affect sport and physical activity in England, which are due to come into effect on Wednesday May 13.

 

We are expecting to receive further clarity from the UK government in the coming days and in turn we will share greater detail and guidelines with the game as soon as we are able. Our priority is to support our colleagues and clubs across the game to deliver elements of outdoor cricket in a responsible way that does not compromise safety. 

 

We completely understand the level of patience that recreational players have had to demonstrate so far, and know that most will be desperate to return to the nets to practice. We ask for a little more time to plan out the best way to deliver this opportunity to everyone as safely as possible. The health and wellbeing of everyone in cricket remains our No.1 priority. We will share further updates towards the end of the week along with a support plan for our clubs to follow.’’

 

Secondly, information which may be of assistance with fundraising from supporters and members, including a pledge from the ECB:

We understand that clubs are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, especially as many traditional fundraising events have been cancelled. For this reason, the previous Dynamos Cricket ECB programme (including the £100 pledge from the ECB) has been extended to all clubs who are interested in running a COVID-19 crowdfunding campaign. Through this crowdfunding campaign, club members and the wider community, who are in a position to do so, can pledge funds to support the club during this difficult time.

 

There will be two phases of crowdfunding, the deadline for the first is this Thursday 14th May with a second phase to be released in June.

 

Follow the link below to express your interest and to find out more about the process. Spacehive, our partners for this programme, can provide additional support and guidance to clubs where needed, especially those who are new to crowdfunding. https://about.spacehive.com/cricket  

 

Benefits

 

  • A great way to engage the membership of the club and to raise funds digitally at a time where traditional fundraising events cannot happen.
  • Increases the reliance of clubs and trains them in another fundraising method which they can use going forward. While most clubs will probably go for the smaller target of around £200, some clubs are raising considerably more money and they club members are really responding e.g. Holmfirth https://www.spacehive.com/holmfirthcc

ECB COVID-19 Update 24/4/2020
Apr 25, 2020, 6:19 pm
ECB Update - Covid-19

 

 We have a number of areas to update you on this week, details of which can be found below. We hope that you are continuing to find these updates useful.

Ruth Strauss Foundation - 26 Challenge

The Ruth Strauss Foundation is taking part in a nationwide charity campaign, the #twopointsixchallenge to raise money for charities that are struggling to survive in this uncertain time.

The 26 ball tap challenge set by Sir Andrew Strauss, invites the cricket family to get a bat and ball – or orange and saucepan - and tap it up 26 times!

Film your effort, share it using #RSF26Challenge and get your friends and family involved. Most importantly, if you are able, please donate to the Ruth Strauss Foundation cause during this difficult time.

The Ruth Strauss Foundation is also showing a live 26 minute YouTube Family Fitness Show on Sunday 26th April at 11am, hosted by Piers Morgan where all families are invited to take part. Piers will be joined by sporting legends including: Sir Andrew Strauss, Freddie Flintoff, Clare Balding, David Haye, Kevin Pietersen, Jamie Redknapp, Tim Henman and Will Greenwood and the event will include the UK’s biggest #RSF26Challenge.

Join live via the RSF YouTube page hereACT NOW to save the UK’s charities

ECB Announces Additional Delay to Professional Game

The ECB today announced an additional delay to the professional game in England and Wales. In line with government advice, the recreational game remains suspended until further notice.

ECB Emergency Support Programmes

Spacehive Fundraising during COVID-19

To support the Grants and Loan Schemes which were launched last week, we are delighted to share with you an update in relation to our crowdfunding initiative with Spacehive. Whilst historically, the Spacehive initiative was only available to Dynamos Cricket clubs, we have now opened this to all clubs and will be providing all clubs who raise £100 towards supporting with COVID-19 activities with a further £100.  

 

The Opportunity:  

  • Create a crowdfunding campaign on Spacehive to support your club during the COVID-19 crisis (if clubs still wish to raise for future Dynamos projects as originally anticipated that offer is still available)  
  • ECB will help get your campaign off to a flying start by pledging £100 as soon as your campaign goes live
  • Raise at least £100 more to lock in the ECB pledge

 

How it works:

  • Sign up to the Spacehive platform here.
  • Set up your crowdfunding page by Thursday 14th May. The Spacehive team will be on hand to guide you through this process.  
  • The ECB pledge will appear as soon as your campaign is live.
  • Run your crowdfunding campaign throughout May and June.
  • Receive the money you raise in your bank by end of June.

 

Clubs already using Spacehive:  

You can either continue with your existing campaign and ring fence the funds for the Dynmaos Cricket programme when it happens, or you can start a new campaign around supporting the club during the COVID-19 crisis. The ECB can only pledge £100 to your centre once, either to the Dynamos Cricket campaign or the COVID-19 campaign.

Community Amateur Sports Clubs

We are aware that many Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) and charities have suspended the collection of membership subscriptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic but some individuals are making voluntary donations instead in order to support their club.

 

It is worthwhile reminding you that that there is no barrier to Gift Aid being claimed on such donations, provided they are freely given, no benefits arise in consequence of that specific donation (either now or in the future) or, if provided, they fall within the legislative limits, and a Gift Aid Declaration is obtained.

In circumstances where clubs have reduced their subscription rate, any amounts freely donated over and above this reduced amount would also potentially be eligible for Gift Aid. In all cases it must made clear to the members that the amounts voluntarily given by them are not subscriptions, carry no subscription rights and will be treated as donations on which the CASC or charity will claim Gift Aid.

 

The personal tax implications of making a Gift Aid donation will also need to be explained to donors.

 

Find out more here.

All Stars Cricket and Dynamos Cricket

All Stars Activity Booklet

We are delighted to be able to share with you the 2020 All Stars Activity Booklet which has been adapted so that all content is suitable for families whilst they are at home – a download link can be found here. We will be sharing this booklet with parents later this afternoon and would encourage you to share across your networks as well. We look forward to seeing quiz answers, recipe outcomes and videos of cricket skills from all our junior cricketers.

 

Dynamos App

Alongside the All Stars Activity booklet, we are also excited to confirm that on 6th May  we will be releasing the Dynamos Cricket App, and due to COVID-19, will be making it available for all our young cricketers, not just those who signed up to Dynamos Cricket. The app will be available to download on the iOS and Android stores and is jam packed with skills, quizzes and activity challenges to try at home. We encourage you to share the download links once they are available so we can all help to keep children active and engaged with cricket at this time.


Message from Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League Chairman
Apr 17, 2020, 2:59 pm

Northumberland & Tyneside Cricket League

A message from the Chairman

Following the recent developments around Covid-19, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) announcements, and the fact that the NTCL cricket season should have been starting this coming Saturday, I wanted to provide you with an update as to where we are currently in the scheme of things.

I hope everyone is keeping well, staying safe and can I send my best wishes to anyone who maybe affected either directly or indirectly with this horrible virus.

I appreciate that these are difficult times for everyone and also that everything is in a state of uncertainty for all our clubs – the degree of impact will obviously differ on an individual club basis. Your Executive Committee is here to help as much as is possible so please. if you have issues or questions do not hesitate to contact, in the first instance, the League Secretary.

The Executive Committee – as laid out in paragraph 2 of the action plan – will be adopting the strategy to attempt to maximise the amount of cricket played whilst ensuring that the safety of everyone involved is of paramount importance.

I can confirm that the Exec is continually monitoring the Covid-19 situation with the aim that we can start playing cricket as soon as possible following advice from both the Government and the ECB, and to that end we held our first video conferencing call on Tuesday evening.

We are still currently in a situation where all the options mentioned in the action plan are available to us, that could change with any imminent announcement from both Government and the ECB, However what I can say is that prior to any cricket taking place this season there will be consultation with all member clubs as to the way forward.

There has never been a time within my involvement with local recreational cricket, where we have had to deal with anything like the coronavirus. I would therefore ask for your patience and above all that you recognise the need for flexibility at this difficult time for everyone.

It remains the Leagues prime intention to keep all clubs abreast of material developments if and when they occur.

In signing off can I ask you all to stay safe and follow the Governments guidelines on social distancing and all other measures that need to be taken to slow down and eventually eradicate this virus. If we all follow those measures then we have a better chance of getting cricket back on the table this season.

 

Steve Hall

Chairman                                                                                                                   (16/04/2020)


ECB COVID-19 Update 27/3/2020
Mar 27, 2020, 4:04 pm
ECB Update - Covid-19

Dear all,

We hope that you, your family and friends are keeping well during this uncertain time. The response from the cricket community has been overwhelming as people are thinking of new ideas to stay active and keep cricket in their lives.

 

With the changing situation surrounding Covid-19, we are continuing to work with the Government and Sport England to provide the answers that we know you are looking for during this uncertain time.

 

It remains critical that our decision making is medically led and informed by science and as a result, we are not able to provide all the answers at the minute. Please be assured that we are continuing to work through the questions we receive and will update you as frequently as possible.

National Programmes:

The safety and wellbeing of all people involved in cricket is our absolute priority and so whilst we continue to work through solutions, All Stars and Dynamos Cricket remain suspended. We are currently working through what this means for those who have registered for both national participation programmes and will be in touch within three weeks to update you.

We know that cricket can have a huge part to play in supporting physical and mental wellbeing of children around the country and we are working hard to find a solution which involves running courses later in the summer.

We are fully committed to doing the best for cricket and its communities throughout this unusual period. In the meantime, we are also exploring ways that we can bring cricket to homes across the country through indoor games, challenges and digital content and we look forward to sharing details with you soon.

We will be communicating a similar update with parents of participants in the next 48 hours.

EWCT Interest Free Loan Scheme:

The Trustees of the England and Wales Cricket Trust (ECB’s subsidiary charity) have agreed that loan repayments will be suspended until May 2021. All other terms and conditions remain in place. If you have any questions, please contact loans@ecb.co.uk.

Safeguarding:

The safety of our clubs and centres remains a priority. Whilst we have suspended all Safe Hands courses, we will be introducing an interim training package to everyone that needs it. Full details will be shared through County Welfare Officers.

 

We have had to make changes to the standard practice of Disclosure and Barring Service Checks but will be following the Government guidance on temporary changes which include:

 

  • DBS Certificates will now be able to be emailed to safe.guarding@ecb.co.uk instead of posting.
  • Overseas Certificate of Good Conduct will now be able to be emailed to dbs@ecb.co.uk instead of posting.
  • Access has been temporarily changed for ID verification to the top levels of access: ECB Staff / Regional Users / Primary County-Wide Users / Secondary County-Wide Users (which would include all County Welfare Officers & their deputies / Regional Programme Execs / City Programme Execs
  • ID Verifications will now be supported via video conferencing instead of Face to Face meetings

Competitions:

Following the announcement last week relating to the suspension of recreational cricket, cricket competitions will be suspended until further notice. Please be assured that we are continuing to work through the questions and what options there will be for running competitions at a later date. We will update you as frequently as possible.

Staying connected:

It is important to keep in touch and look after your cricket community, be they players, volunteers, parents, or members so that they are with you for many years to come. You will still have important decisions to make, and we face an extended period where there is extremely limited or no face to face contact with others.

 

In the short term, please check-in and look after your community (especially the vulnerable) using phone, WhatsApp, Facebook or other tools and try out a conference call facility for formal meetings - Best Conferencing Apps. As we move through this period, look at setting up virtual social sessions, such as quizzes or dinner parties, via conference call facilities. Whilst adhering to Government guidance please stay physically and mentally fit – there are lots of great online resources to help you. Please look after your cricket community.

This is new territory for all of us, and we’d like to thank you personally for your support and patience as we work through solutions. We will be in touch soon with answers to as many questions as possible.


Sport England - Coronavirus Update 22/3/2020
Mar 24, 2020, 4:30 pm

Coronavirus Update

See link below

https://www.sportengland.org/news/coronavirus-information-sector

 


Message from ECB
Mar 21, 2020, 7:25 pm
Dear all,

       

Following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended.
 
This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.
 
Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing, and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty, so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities - particularly at junior levels.
 
Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult next few months.
 
It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led. And we will continue to work with Government and their advisors to ensure we are informed by science in our decision making.
 
Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly local clubs and leagues.
 
We understand that countless hours of work from thousands of volunteers have already gone into getting ready for the 2020 season and we know how disappointing this will be. We are thankful for the huge role that volunteers play in local cricket, to ensure the game remains at the heart of communities.
 
We know that you and your clubs can play an important role in bringing your community together once we get past this period of time.

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 Cricket Club Ground Address
Ashington Rugby Club
Ellington Road
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 8TP
 Club on Twitter
You can find us @ashrugcc
 Main Sponsor for 2020
K Plastics is a local Ashington based company which offers all kinds of UPVC products from trims to sealants and cladding you can find the new unit/shop which is on the Jubilee Industrial Estate. We urge our members if you need any kind of plastic product pop along and see Chris and let him know where you are from and he will offer a discount.
Many thanks to Chris for his support, for last 9 seasons and this season coming.

Fantasy Cricket

No Fantasy Club Cricket in 2020 due to COVID-19.

See what happened in the Fantasy Club Cricket for the 2019 season.

https://ashington-rugby.fantasyclubcricket.co.uk/

Club Clothing

Club clothing is provided by Kits for All (Planet Trophies) contact Richard at richard@kits4all.co.uk to order one off items as required or phone him on 0191 2680000

Personal Accident Insurance 

Your club recommends that all members consider signing up to their own Personal Accident Insurance.  Whilst serious injuries are thankfully very rare, however it is a possibility and members should consider taking such a policy out. 

Your club does not have personal accident insurance for its members.

If you are self-employed or do not benefit from a workplace sickness scheme with sickness pay you should consider this type of insurance especially if you are not fit enough to attend work, please ensure that any personal accident/sickness insurance you consider covers you playing club cricket. 

Function Room

The new extension provides a fantastic Function Room at Ashington Rugby Club, can sit 160 to 180, available for all types of parties and events, ring 01670 814123 for further information. Call Tuesday or Thursday between 7 and 9pm or Saturday between 1pm and 9pm or Sunday between 12 and 1.30pm. Or alternatively leave a message via our contact tab down the left hand side of this page. 

 Poll
End or season party now organised, what type of raffle prizes should we have?

Spirt hamper
Spirt/Wine/Beer and Sweet Hampers
Individual bottle draw

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 Club Events 2020
* Due to the Coronavirus all cricket in 2020 is suspended until further notice.

* Cricket nets at Bede School Blyth on Wednesday's 19/2/2020, 26/2/2020, 4/3/2020,11/3/2020, and 18/3/2020 start 7pm finishes at 8pm.

* NTC League starts 18/4/2020

* NTCL Annual Presentation Event at Newcastle racecourse 24/10/2020 Charles Dagnall the former first class cricketer and currently a Sky Sports commentator is the guest speaker.
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