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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.

Message from our chairman
Mar 21, 2020, 7:09 pm

Our chairman would like send a quick message to our members and supporters.

We are now in a situation that we all never thought would happen with the COVID19 virus.

We need to be mindful that if we all follow government advice and we look after our families, friends and members our club we can all come together again when time allows.

Please stay safe and look after yourselves and your loved ones.

Cricket can wait our families and our wellbeing is far more important.


COVID19 NTC League Information
Mar 21, 2020, 6:49 pm

NORTHUMBERLAND & TYNESIDE CRICKET LEAGUE

 

Action Plan 2020: Coronavirus

 

The League Executive Committee, as previously reported, have been giving careful consideration to the best way of planning, for the forthcoming season, bearing in mind the considerable uncertainties which exist. To that end the Committee has sought to identify the range of alternative actions, which could be available dependent upon how circumstances develop.

The idea is that a strategy be adopted to maximise the amount of cricket played whilst ensuring that the health and safety of clubs, players, umpires and officials are the prime consideration.  It is intended that the approach be designed to support careful thought through decisions whilst retaining flexibility in response to unexpected events. There will also need to be clarity such that clubs, players, umpires and officials are comfortable with the decisions made.

Set out below, are stages within the plan. The first element (paragraph 4) had already been implemented and the second element (paragraph 5) now takes effect in the light of today’s ECB decision.  The remaining steps (paragraphs 6 & 7) are ones, which will be carefully examined with decisions made taking into account issues identified below, feedback received and decisions made by the ECB and Government.

As a starting point, the first step taken has been to call off scheduled meetings. Thus the pre-season club meeting (14th April) has been cancelled and the pre-season umpire refresher training evening (16th April) postponed. Suitable arrangements are being put in place for distribution of handbooks, cricket balls (a note from Andrew Hodgson has been circulated) and information briefings.

Secondly consideration was being given to postponement or cancellation of the early League fixtures. Recent growth in virus transmission, coupled with Government announcements, suggested the scope for sports activity in spring and early summer appeared unlikely. The ECB’s latest advice confirms that view and hence the League’s fixtures in the early part of the season will not be taking place. Thus, Executive Committee 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.

A possible option, dependent on ECB decisions, could be to start fixtures mid-season (July 2020). If adopted then a decision on whether promotion/relegation would take place becomes necessary and clubs would be consulted. Also the cup competitions would be reviewed. The difficulties arising are whether clubs will be able to retain their full playing squad if the season starts late (especially if football changes dates) and will club landlords co-operate (there is evidence some are reviewing ground availability). These issues could be discussed with clubs if a mid-season start emerges as feasible. If ECB’s decisions led to an alternative start date the Executive would seek to ensure the most appropriate fixture format(s) were put in place following consultation with member clubs.

The other stage is the worst case, namely cancelling the fixture programme although, if events allow, arranging competitive cricket in August/September.

It is important to emphasise the above is seen as a template for action with flexibility built in to amend if circumstances dictate or allow. In the meantime this plan gives time to consider each phase of the epidemic as it progresses, make decisions based on fact and present a structured approach to the current unprecedented situation that is a helpful guide to our clubs. It would be the League’s intention to try and keep all clubs abreast of material developments if and when they occur.

The League fully understand the concerns all our clubs have and if there are any issues arising out of this note that you would like clarification on then initially please contact the League Secretary.

 

Issued on behalf of the Executive Committee                                                   PAL (18/03/2020)

 

 


Club signs up for All Stars and Dynamos for 2020
Mar 1, 2020, 11:07 am

We are delighted to announce that we are once again running All Stars at Ashington Rugby Cricket Club this year, we are also running the new course for older children called Dynamos!!

 

All Stars for 5 to 8 year olds!

 

Dynamos for 8 to 11 year olds!

 

For additional information and to sign up to the course, follow the links below! 

 

https://ecb.clubspark.uk/AllStars/Course/71d4fdc4-37fe-417c-b97a-5cf005167461

 

https://ecb.clubspark.uk/Dynamos/Course/305df602-3cfb-42e4-a93b-04e0074000e9

 Sign up now to the 8-week course of fun this summer starting 17th May!

 


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