Statement from Nottinghamshire Cricket Board on behalf of: The Nottinghamshire Cricket Board Premier League The Bassetlaw & District Cricket League The Gunn & Moore South Nottinghamshire Cricket League The Mansfield & District Cricket League The Newark Club Cricket Alliance
Friday 5th June 2020 Subject: 2020 League Cricket Season
Ahead of the bank holiday weekend, please find below the latest COVID-19 update. We hope you have a lovely extended weekend.
Together Through This Test
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has launched ‘Together Through This Test’, a nationwide campaign shining a light on the work undertaken by the game in response to COVID-19 and highlighting the resources available to the public.
Cricket staff, volunteers and players across the country – from both the professional and the recreational game - have already taken part in over 200 initiatives during lockdown. Projects include long-distance charity runs, delivering food to the vulnerable and a dedicated phone support service for those left isolated by coronavirus.
The below provides an Executive Summary of our latest guidance on the use of outdoor facilities. The full guidance can be found here. Since the guidance was issues last week we've received some questions, click here for a link to our responses to the most commonly-asked questions.
Managing Vacant Buildings and Operating Safely – A Guide for Recreational Cricket Clubs
Further to last week’s guidance on the use of outdoor cricket facilities in lockdown, we thought it would be helpful to provide guidance on the management of health and safety for vacant or low occupancy buildings or spaces at recreational grounds. Please click here to access the guide.
It highlights key considerations and actions to help prevent infection and transmission of COVID-19. It is aimed at all clubs, venue providers, facilities managers, and others responsible for managing these areas at grounds and venues.
COVID-19 Support from NatWest
Given the delay to the season, NatWest want to help support you and your club amidst the uncertainty. In the coming weeks NatWest will share a comprehensive guide which will include tips, tools and guides for cricket clubs. Take a look at just some of the tips here:
Taking Care of the Community
Cricket clubs are a huge part of a local community and have a role to play in keeping morale high. As a club, it’s important to remember that your club will need to balance the needs of the members as well as considering the impact on the club. Here are a few thought starters to help members reduce the cost of playing and keep them involved in the club.
Some members might need some flexibility with membership payments due to reduced income. Thinking about how they can structure payments over time to help members stay involved with the club can have longer term benefits that should be considered.
Second-hand Kit Sale
Another consideration for your members is a second-hand kit sale. Cost of new equipment can be pricey so if there are any members not returning or buying new kit for the season that may help reduce the cost of playing and keep members at the club.
The NatWest Club Cricket Finance Guide launches in the coming weeks to help you to keep your club’s finances in a healthy state for the years ahead. In the meantime click here for more information and support
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We hope that you are remaining safe and well and that we are starting to answer some of your questions in relation to COVID-19. Our weekly update can be found below.
Recreational Disability Cricket
In line with the ECB’s recreational cricket statement, all forms of disability cricket are for now suspended. This includes all school, club and community-based activity. The recently launched Disability Cricket Champion Club initiative has also been suspended. All applications that have been received from clubs to date will be held centrally and reviewed at a suitable time when recreational cricket is set to return. At which time, all clubs that have applied will be contacted directly. No coaching kit or funding associated with this programme will be released at the current time.
We look forward to being able to relaunch the programme and, in the meantime, encourage all cricket clubs to consider how they can continue to engage with and support all those within their local community.
Emergency Loans and Grant Schemes
County Boards were taken through further details of the Emergency Loan Scheme and Return to Cricket Grant Scheme this week. Early next week, County Board staff will be provided with the required training for these funding programmes, and the ECB will be providing clubs and leagues with more information on how to apply during the next 10 days.
Guidance for managing temporarily closed or permanently unoccupied properties
We are aware that during this period, buildings, pitches and sports clubs, whether temporarily closed or permanently unoccupied can be at greater risk from the likes of arson, antisocial behaviour such as vandalism or squatters, theft, and escape of water. ECB-appointed broker for recreational cricket, Howden have provided advice and solutions to manage this increased risk including advice on:
Protection against electrical fires.
Protection against escape of water losses.
Waste and combustible material management.
Please click here for further advice on these areas or visit Howden’s dedicated COVID-19 information hub here.
Remember, your property insurer may have specific guidance you need to follow, so Howden recommend you check with them to ensure you are appropriately covered. Howden are here to support you in any way we can, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with them here.
All Stars Cricket – Participant Kit
This week we wrote to all those who have signed up to All Stars Cricket 2020 to let them know that their All Stars kit is on its way to them! The packs will provide children with bats and balls to help them hone their cricket skills and remain physically active during this period. Within the pack is also an activity booklet in which All Stars will find games and activities that they can play alone, or with the rest of the family.
Please note that Dynamos children and parents will receive their personalised new-balance Dynamos t-shirt closer to programme start dates.
We are also continuing to explore more 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.
Ever since the COVID-19 crisis began, the ECB has been working to minimise the impact of this unprecedented situation on cricket in England and Wales.
We are acutely aware of the concern felt at all levels of the game about the financial implications of the suspension of cricket because of the virus.
We know you are worried about the effect on your club. You may have invested in new facilities that will now sit idle. Perhaps you were preparing for All Stars and Dynamos Cricket programmes that will now be delayed.
There will be sadness about missing out on the value that cricket brings to a local community by bringing people together through a shared love of the game. You may also be concerned about the impact a shortened season will have on your club finances.
I am writing to you today to let you know that we have put in place an interim support package for clubs at every level of the game, to help see you through the coming months.
We’re making available an extra budget of just over £20million to the recreational game. We anticipate that this support will be accessible for relevant cricket clubs and leagues within the next two weeks.
This support can be accessed in the following ways:
A cricket club support loan scheme, with a 12-month repayment holiday
Grants to recreational clubs through the “Return to Cricket” scheme
This is part of a £61m package of measures to support the whole sport. The ECB Board has approved plans to bring forward payments from a number of areas in its 2020-2021 planned distribution budgets.
There are also a range of other financial support packages that are available to recreational sport and we encourage local clubs and leagues to investigate their eligibility for these, which are available immediately subject to meeting the respective criteria.
These include, but are not limited to:
Government initiatives: Business Rates holiday, Job Retention Scheme, VAT deferral, Statutory Sick Pay Rebate, HMRC Time to Pay Scheme, Business Interruption Loan Scheme;
Please note there are criteria and conditions to support these initiatives available via the relevant websites.
In accordance with Government advice, the start of the cricket season has been delayed until further notice with a range of options for cricket to begin later in the summer being modelled.
We recognise that this situation is a long way from being resolved. We will continue to work with you to understand and help you meet the challenges you face. I want to thank everyone across cricket who is working tirelessly during this period of uncertainty. I understand how difficult a time this is for you.
Please be assured that all of us at the ECB and across the County network will keep supporting you so that together we can overcome this challenge to the game we all love.