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ECB COVID-19 Update 10/6/2020
Jun 12, 2020, 9:35 am

Roadmap For The Return of Recreational Cricket

ECB Update - Covid-19

Dear all,

 

We have identified five steps for the recreational game’s proposed phased return in England this summer. England is currently in step 3 - which allows for small group training sessions of up to six people while respecting social distancing. The Welsh government are due to review current restrictions on 18 June, after which time we will provide further guidance.

 

As cricket is a non-contact sport that involves individual disciplines within a team environment, forms of the game can be played while respecting social distancing. We will continue to be led by UK government’s advice and will only move into step 4 when the guidance allows and when it is medically safe to do so.

 

Below you will find the roadmap and some FAQs. To view the roadmap in larger format please click here.

Return to Cricket FAQs

Do you think we’ll play club cricket again this year?

We have an absolute ambition to get cricket played as soon as it is safe to do so. Although social distancing is likely to be in place for the foreseeable future, cricket is a non-contact team sport with individual disciplines, as such, we are optimistic about getting cricket played this summer. The safety and wellbeing of the cricket family is our number one priority and that is why we are being led by government and medical advice at every point. Therefore, we will move to step 4 when it is safe to do so and supported by government and medical experts.

When do you think stage four will happen?

The Government have not yet published new guidance relating to sport since their update on May 30. We are not aware of a committed date to revise that, but their daily briefings continue to update widely on relaxing guidelines, should the status of COVID-19 continue to progress positively.  

Can ECB do more to get recreational cricket played?? You’ve managed to get International cricket back on?

It is hugely important that ECB do all we can to ensure recreational cricket played, as soon as it is safe to do so. Because the safety of the cricket family is our first priority, the decision to move into step four ‘adapted gameplay’ will be made when it is medically safe to do so. In addition, the environment for international cricket is significantly easier for us to control and easier for us to work with Government on achieving solutions to problems that COVID-19 posed. The numbers of people involved are significantly smaller and we were only talking about one or two venues.

 

Compare that to the English and Welsh sporting public, and the landscape is very different. Over 6,500 cricket clubs, thousands and thousands of players and spread across two countries.

 

The resumption of international cricket is vital for the funding of the game. The ECB is not-for-profit. Any money that flows into the organisation funds cricket somewhere. Either the England teams, grants and funding to cricket clubs, disability cricket, safeguarding checks, our charity partners – every part of the game has been financially impacted by COVID-19.

 

 

You mention a focus on junior cricket – what is that focus and how will you bring around the return of junior cricket first?

We know that for many clubs, a thriving junior section is critical to their long term, health and prosperity. A thriving junior section provides the players of the future, can inspire volunteers and plays a vital role in club finances. With schools returning on a limited basis, we are keen to explore with Government if cricket clubs can support more children (than guidance currently permits) to get active. As always, this plan will need government guidance and the advice of medical experts in delivery.

If I can sit in a pub garden with my mates from July 4, why can’t I play cricket?

The government has highlighted some top line plans for the hospitality sector. These plans will encompass detailed guidelines that will be available in the coming weeks. Once we have these, we will update our guidance as to what this means for recreational cricket club facilities. It is important to note that government guidance on the hospitality sector will not necessarily be replicated for community sport. Once the government has shared its next steps for community sport, we will update the guidance for recreational cricket accordingly. With that said, we are optimistic about getting cricket played this summer and we have an ambition to get the game on as soon as it is safe to do so.

When do you envision we’ll get to Stage five, i.e we’ll be playing club cricket normally?

Moving to stage five would involve the removal of social distancing measures, at this time, it is hard to see us getting to this stage this summer.

Are you concerned about how this summer has impacted the club game?

There is no question that COVID-19 has impacted all areas of society and community sport is not immune to this. The recreational game is critical to the long term health and prosperity of our game and so it is vital that we support the game through this unprecedented crisis. This is why we initially provided access to more than £20M in grants and loans for the recreational game and worked with local clubs to access a further £24M in government grants and loans. Mobilising the game to return and safely as possible is our next challenge. We have begun significant work to ensure all cricket stakeholders are involved in this consultation.

Why does it look like other sports are ahead of us in terms of the return to sport plans?

We are optimistic about a return to competitive cricket matches this summer. This will be conditional on it being safe to do so, a decision that will be medically led and in line with government advice. Although social distancing is likely to be in place for the foreseeable future, cricket is a non-contact team sport with individual disciplines. We believe this makes cricket uniquely placed as a team sport to be played sooner than other major team sports.


ECB COVID-19 Update 5/6/2020 V2
Jun 7, 2020, 3:13 pm
ECB Update - Covid-19

Dear all,

Following the update that we shared with you earlier today, below is the latest COVID-19 weekly update.

Recreational Game following Government Announcement

The purpose of these guidelines is to offer practical guidance to players and clubs on the steps they should take whilst undertaking recreational cricket activity and informal cricket activity in an outdoor environment given the current restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The key update in the guidance is the allowance of small group sizes (now up to six individuals), however a number of other subtle but important changes are listed throughout the document.

 

These guidelines currently apply to England only. Guidance specifically relating to Wales can be found here.

 

The below provides a summary of the latest guidance. Detailed guidance in relation to outdoor cricket activity can be found here.

 

Consistent with UK Government guidance, published on 1 June 2020 relating to the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England, the following applies to outdoor cricket:

 

  • For all activity, social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (except between members of the same household).
  • Playing cricket individually is permitted e.g. practice of individual cricket skills or fitness activities
  • Playing cricket with people living in your household is permitted.
  • Small group cricket activity, training or fitness in groups of no more than six (6), is permitted, keeping two (2) metres apart at all times.
  • Cricket coaches, can now undertake small group sessions of up to six (6) people including the coach (1:5) and they must comply with ECB safeguarding policies (as well as being able to conduct one-to-one coaching).
  • Nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between nets.  Note that for nets within a security fence, occupancy numbers could be limited by social distancing requirements.
  • It is permissible for two or more groups of six (6) to train at the same time provided they are kept separate, and social distancing and strict hygiene measures are observed. However, clubs should carry out a risk assessment to determine the maximum capacity for their facility that can be achieved safely whilst maintaining social distancing and not exceeding the current limits on training group size.
  • Clubhouses can be reopened in a limited way for operational reasons (e.g. for access to first aid equipment) or for toilet access (see below) 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 and they are cleaned regularly.
  • No indoor cricket 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. Players should stick to using one ball in training either by bringing their own or being assigned a numbered ball that is cleaned in between sessions.
  • No saliva or sweat should be applied to the ball at any time.
  • Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.

Google Digital Garage

In March, a number of you signed up to the ECB & Google Digital Garage sessions, which were due to be held in London, Bristol and Leeds. Unfortunately we had to postpone these due to COVID-19 but we are now thrilled to be able to offer these in virtual format.

 

The webinars will run on three consecutive Monday’s from Monday 15th June, with each session live streamed on YouTube and lasting 60 minutes.

 

To sign up for one or all of these sessions, please register via the links below. Please also share these links within your own networks. 

Monday 15th June 09:30 – Register here

Digital Marketing Strategy - An introduction to the main digital marketing channels and how to use them to build strategy. 

Monday 22nd June 09:30 – Register here

Get started with Digital Advertising - social, search and display advertising.

 

Monday 29th June 09:30 – Register here Get Your Business Visible on Google - Learn how to increase your visibility to reach more people online.

 

Celebrating our Cricket Heroes

We are delighted to share further details of the #raisethebat campaign which went live on Monday.

 

The #raisethebat campaign highlights key workers from the world of cricket who are helping to support their community during COVID-19.

Key workers who have been nominated by their cricket clubs are featured on over 300 billboards across England and Wales. Meanwhile, the whole cricket family has been asked to shine a light on the many more key workers who deserve recognition using #raisethebat on social media.

 

England players have helped to lead tributes as the game joins together to #raisethebat for cricket's key workers across the country and you can watch our video below.

Assets can be downloaded from the ECB Resource Hub and we would encourage you to use these across your websites and social media channels, encouraging your members to tag their heroes using #raisethebat.

It has been moving and inspiring to hear of the incredible work being done by individuals right across the country and we at the ECB raise our bats to all key workers doing such fantastic work.

COVID-19 Support from NatWest

As the cricketing world begins to re-emerge, the NatWest Club Cricket Finance Guide will be shared with grassroots clubs across the country offering practical advice and tools ranging from dealing with the impact of Coronavirus to tips on boosting club income. Here are a couple of insights into what the guide offers ahead of its imminent release.

 

Dealing with the impact of Coronavirus

Coronavirus is a huge threat to the grassroots game so it’s very important for clubs to manage this crisis in a way that allows the grassroots community to thrive. The Finance Guide contains a section which specifically addresses key areas that clubs can focus on to look after their community, plan ahead and also looking ahead to opening the clubhouse up to members again.

 

Keeping your money safe

Unfortunately fraudsters are using the coronavirus outbreak as an opportunity to attempt a variety of scams and cybercrime, so it’s never been more important to be cautious over your clubs’ finances. The guide includes tips on spotting fraudulent attempts to help safeguard you and your club against such threats.

 

Keep your eyes open for the release of the NatWest Club Cricket Finance Guide, which we’re launching together with the ECB soon.

 

In the meantime, take a look at some other useful tips on how to keep your money safe here

Maintaining well-being in the officiating community

Spring is here and summer is around the corner! As Umpires and Scorers, we’d expect the cricket season to be in full swing but sadly, that’s not the case this year in this country and world-wide, due to the significant measures implemented to minimise the effect and spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are all having to make changes to our way of life and for many those changes can have a huge impact. What started out feeling a bit like a holiday-at-home is beginning to prove taxing and it is easy to minimise the effects of a prolonged isolation that can creep up on us.

 

Last season, the topic of the day to either engage in or avoid, was Brexit. This season life has thrown us a googly, on a world-wide scale, and when we thought we would be talking about The 100 or the forthcoming County Championships, T20 Blast, or Test Matches, the subject is Covid-19. Our vocabulary, when we can exchange conversations, often across a driveway or the width of two shopping trolleys, has extended to include phrases like lockdown, social distancing, furlough, and sadly self- isolation.

 

The restrictions in place for lockdown have begun to place a strain on many people and the longer they go on the greater the impact on our emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical well-being. Various organisations, from a wide variety of perspectives, are producing guidance on how to cope and so here’s something for Umpires and Scorers.

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England & Wales Cricket Board, Lord's Cricket Ground, London, NW8 8QZ

 
 
 
 

 
 

ECB COVID-19 Update 5/6/2020
Jun 5, 2020, 4:55 pm

 

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ECB Update - Covid-19

 

Dear all,

 

The purpose of these guidelines is to offer practical guidance to players and clubs on the steps they should take whilst undertaking recreational cricket activity and informal cricket activity in an outdoor environment given the current restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The key update in the guidance is the allowance of small group sizes (now up to six individuals), however a number of other subtle but important changes are listed throughout the document.

 

These guidelines currently apply to England only. Guidance specifically relating to Wales can be found here.

 

The below provides a summary of the latest guidance. Detailed guidance in relation to outdoor cricket activity can be found here.

 

Consistent with UK Government guidance, published on 1 June 2020 relating to the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England, the following applies to outdoor cricket:

 

  • For all activity, social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (except between members of the same household).
  • Playing cricket individually is permitted e.g. practice of individual cricket skills or fitness activities
  • Playing cricket with people living in your household is permitted.
  • Small group cricket activity, training or fitness in groups of no more than six (6), is permitted, keeping two (2) metres apart at all times.
  • Cricket coaches, can now undertake small group sessions of up to six (6) people including the coach (1:5) and they must comply with ECB safeguarding policies (as well as being able to conduct one-to-one coaching).
  • Nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between nets.  Note that for nets within a security fence, occupancy numbers could be limited by social distancing requirements.
  • It is permissible for two or more groups of six (6) to train at the same time provided they are kept separate, and social distancing and strict hygiene measures are observed. However, clubs should carry out a risk assessment to determine the maximum capacity for their facility that can be achieved safely whilst maintaining social distancing and not exceeding the current limits on training group size.
  • Clubhouses can be reopened in a limited way for operational reasons (e.g. for access to first aid equipment) or for toilet access (see below) 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 and they are cleaned regularly.
  • No indoor cricket 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. Players should stick to using one ball in training either by bringing their own or being assigned a numbered ball that is cleaned in between sessions.
  • No saliva or sweat should be applied to the ball at any time.
  • Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.

 

England & Wales Cricket Board, Lord's Cricket Ground, London, NW8 8QZ

 

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.

England & Wales Cricket Board, Lord's Cricket Ground, London, NW8 8QZ


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

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