Recreational Season Update – Updated Thursday 09 April

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Revised article updated: Thursday 09 April, 6:00pm

Article first released: Thursday 26 March, 10:00am

A message from Dan Feist, Head of Cricket Operations, Essex Cricket

“In these unprecedented times it is fundamental that we first acknowledge the role we can all play in supporting each other to be safe, but once some form of normality starts to return, the role of Clubs as a Community Hub to spark excitement and engagement for all is going to be more important than ever before.

“Throughout history, Cricket Clubs have provided a united and reliable place for the community to come together and it has been great to see and hear so many positive stories about how this is continuing, despite the current situation. The news this week about the financial support that will be available for Clubs alongside other government initiatives comes at a welcome time for all.

“We will be now working with Clubs across the County to make sure they have all the support they need to ensure that they can continue to support their local community and remain a vital part of the wider Essex Cricket family.”

Current Government Advice

All the latest details can be found via: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Funding & Financial Support

On Tuesday 31 March, ECB and Sport England provided updates regarding Grants and Loans

  • ECB unveils £61 Million support package for professional & recreational cricket – View the Story
  • Sport England announces £195 million package to help sport through Coronavirus – View the Story

Essex Cricket staff have been regular communication with the ECB to break down the financial support packages announced. We hope to provide a consolidated document at the earliest.

In the meantime, please do consider visiting the following resources;

https://www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk/
https://www.activeessex.org/
https://londonsport.org/

Your club may be eligible for the Government’s Small Business Relief Grant, which is being managed by the respective Local Authority. To see if you are eligible and an online calculator please visit – here.

A number of clubs have been successful, including Hockerill CC who received £10K.

ECiC Guidance

ECiC has put together the following guidance that member clubs are recommended to act on.

Update Club Contact
Could Club Committee Representative from each respective club kindly complete the survey monkey questionnaire. The updated information will ensure we are able to streamline relative information to the right contact.

To date we have received around 50% responses, please kindly complete the simple form.

>>View Questionnaire

Club Development Plan
With the updates announced by Sport England and the ECB, we advise that clubs and leagues to work up contingency plans covering various eventualities. We also suggest that they should develop, or where appropriate update, their development plans – including a way forward – and perhaps include a financial assessment of the club’s current and estimated future position, with a comparison to the past three seasons. A projected cash flow will be particularly crucial.

Please do consider how your club can stay relevant and in people’s minds in the local community through online games/videos, members webinars…

Affiliation
Through consultation with a number of stakeholders, ECiC has taken the decision to amend the affiliation fee for ALL clubs to a £20 deposit which will be reviewed again at the end of September. As in previous years a percentage of this amount will be retained by the local Cricket Participation Group to support junior cricket development. Please inform clubs in your league and it will be communicated and processed up the chain.

Affiliation fees ensure the provision of support for clubs from ECiC and the ECB. If your league or club has not affiliated in the past and you wish to do so, then please make contact with your regional/district contact in the first instance.

Invoices
During Tuesday evenings APG meeting, a number of leagues will not be invoicing clubs until they have a clearer picture of the season. We ask all our leagues to consider if this is a workable option for them, too. If you have other suppliers who have invoiced you for supplies, kit etc it would be sensible to contact them to discuss the situation.

Councils & Landlords
We recommend that each club in your league makes contact with their landlords and discusses the possibility of a rent holiday and/or reduction. We are keen for updates to be shared with your respective Essex Cricket contact.

Grounds Maintenance

The Institute of Groundsmen (IOG) on 02 April provided the latest guidelines and specifications for cricket grounds maintenance, respecting the Governments current guidelines – view here

An update on guidance for groundsmen and women can found here: https://www.essexcricket.org.uk/2020/03/26/guidance-for-groundsmen-thursday-26-march/

Indoor/Outdoor Nets
In line with the ECB statement on 18th March, the county has suspended all indoor cricket and all outdoor cricket activities are postponed until advised. If you have not already done so,please take the appropriate action.

Overseas Players
Do contact them and their agents as the situation obviously will alter their plans.

Online Cricket Games/Activities
We have been updating our platforms to show activities that individuals and/or families can take part in whilst at home; these can be located via:
• Website: www.essexcricket.org.uk
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EssexCCB/
• Twitter: www.twitter.com/EssexCCB
• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essexcricketcommunity/

Online Courses
Online Safeguarding and Protecting Children: will be on the following days and are available to book on line.

• Monday 4 May 2020 4:00pm-6:30pm – book here
• Tuesday 12 May 2020 10:00am-12:30pm – book here
• Wednesday 20 May 2020 6:00pm-8:30pm – book here

Online Umpiring Course: A great opportunity to hone in and on your journey of becoming an umpire: https://www.ecb.co.uk/be-involved/officials/find-a-course/Umpiring-courses

All Stars Cricket/Dynamos
The ECB have suspended All Stars Cricket and Dynamo Cricket until further notice. However as recently communicated by the ECB, ASC Packs and games at home will be posted out shortly to all that have registered. – more information

Youth Participation Group (YPG)
The YPG met via the virtual world, here is an update regarding Youth Cricket: https://www.essexcricket.org.uk/2020/04/07/youth-participation-update/

Active Essex Webinar
Organised by Active Essex, Essex Cricket amongst a number of NGB’s shared, discussed and debated a number of factors. The group will meet again in a few weeks’ time to ensure a cross-sport discussion with the focus of keeping our communities as active as possible and supporting young people.

The group also discussed funding and the following two links were signposted as a guide outside of the Sport England, ECB and Government funding.

https://www.sportenglandclubmatters.com/
https://sportsuite.activeessex.org/funding

and finally…

Most importantly it is clear that we want everyone to look after their own health and that of their members; this is the main priority of all.

Contact

In line with Government guidance, Essex Cricket in the Community staff as of Wednesday 18 March are working from home. Wherever possible, the team will continue to give support and will continue to provide updates as often as necessary.