This is a dedicated page to provide up to date information for individuals and clubs about the support and guidance available to them during this time. Make sure to check back here regularly for more updates.
There is a list of documents and useful links at the bottom of the page.
The ECB have developed guidelines 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.
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.
Please read the full set of guidelines before considering reopening your outdoor facilities.
Responding to a recent DCF survey some 80% of clubs highlighted the financial impact as one of their main concerns. For many clubs the approach to the season can be quite costly with, insurance, balls, kit and machinery repairs to be paid for following a period of limited income. In contrast the start of the season will usually provide a welcome boost with revenue coming in through membership subscriptions, match fees and social activity. Unfortunately, this additional period of inactivity will result in lost revenue and unexpected challenges for the game.
To assist clubs, leagues and other organisations at this difficult time DCF has put a document together which summarises the support available, it is split into three area which are as follows:
At 11am on 17th April the ECB launched their Emergency Funding Support programmes. The ECB has been working to minimise the impact of this unprecedented situation and has put together a package of support to help the game at all levels. Included in this is an extra budget of £20million to the recreational game.
Cricket clubs and leagues are now able to apply to two new funding schemes specifically designed to help them through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The following are the areas of support from ECB and are now live:
The ECB Emergency Loan Scheme aims to support affiliated Cricket Clubs by providing interest free loans to assist clubs to cover any shortfall in essential day to day running and maintenance costs until normal recreational cricket activity can be resumed. Clubs will not be required to start paying back any loan until May 2021.
The Return to Cricket Grant Scheme aims to provide cricket clubs and leagues with assistance in exceptional circumstances, where other potential sources of financial support are not available, e.g. constitutionally a loan is not an option or there is a high risk of default in paying back a loan.
Hopefully this information will be helpful however if you are aware of anything that we haven’t covered please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a range of forms available to be filled in around a range of topics so that we can answer any questions that you may have or share best practice among clubs:
Club Fundraising and Member Engagement Ideas – https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=zSdMEiRPP0exd3GBoiM6gI_Dvj6svc1DgqnZYtJnpoVUNlk2OEdBTVJOVkg2UzFOVVQxSkhOUUFSNC4u
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