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SAT 16 MAY 2020: St Annes CC Response To The ECB’s Statement

 

Outdoor nets at St Annes CC

Outdoor nets at St Annes CC

 

Yesterday, the ECB released guidelines for the use of outdoor cricket facilities during lockdown including the use of outdoor nets.

After careful consideration of the various options suggested, and although there is nothing we would like more than to see adults and children participating and enjoying playing cricket, we can confirm that the nets and the ground will remain closed for the time being, as a result of the club being unable to operate within the criteria laid down in the ECB guidelines. In addition, we are not in a position to partly open the club for toilet access because under the terms of our insurance we are officially closed.

Naturally, we will continue to monitor, follow and review the guidelines released by the government and the ECB as developments evolve and when it is both safe and practical to do so, our facilities will open for players and members.

Until you hear from us further, please take care and stay safe.

Watch out for updates here on our website, on our Facebook and Twitter pages or subscribe to our eNewsletter at the top of this page.

 

St Annes CC Committee

 

 

FRI 15 MAY 2020: ECB guidelines for the use of outdoor cricket facilities in lockdown

 

ECB guidelines offer practical guidance to players and clubs on the steps they should take to remain safe

ECB guidelines offer practical guidance to players and clubs on the steps they should take to remain safe

 

Please find below a statement from the England & Wales Cricket Board released on Fri 15 May:

“ECB guidelines offering practical guidance to players and clubs on the steps they should take to remain safe while undertaking exercise in an outdoor cricket club environment.

The purpose of the following guidelines is to offer practical guidance to players and clubs on the steps they should take to remain safe while 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.

 

Summary of guidelines for outdoor cricket facilities use

In summary:

  1. 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.
  2. Social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (unless all participants are members of the same household).
  3. Only one-to-one coaching is permitted per session.
  4. Nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between nets.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. No indoor activity at all.
  8. We recommend using your own equipment if possible. If equipment is being shared, please follow UK Government’s guidance on the sharing of equipment.
  9. No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.
  10. 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.

 

Clubs

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/bookings.
  • 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.

 

Individuals

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.

If you have any further questions, please contact ECB at enquiries@ecb.co.uk.

The detailed guidance for clubs and individuals has been distributed to clubs and is also available here.”

 

 

FRI 24 MARCH 2020: ECB COVID-19 UPDATE

 

Dear all,

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.

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.

 

All Stars Activity Booklet

FREE All Stars Cricket 2020 Activity Booklet - throwing

FREE All Stars Cricket 2020 Activity Booklet – throwing

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.

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

 

FRI 17 MARCH 2020: ECB COVID-19 UPDATE

 

ECB Cricket COVID-19 Update

 

We hope that you had a happy and relaxing few days over Easter. Following the Emergency Grant and Loan update earlier today, our weekly COVID-19 update can be found below:

All Stars Cricket Actitity Booklet

Next week we are excited to be able to share an updated All Stars Cricket 2020 Activity Booklet with all past and present All Stars parents for them to download. Jam packed with eight different activity areas, introductions to cricket skills, quizzes and recipes from England players, the booklet has been adapted to be suitable for families whilst they are at home.

We’ll share the booklet with you in next week’s bulletin so that you can access and share it with your networks as well.

Sport England Guidance

In addition to the advice that we are providing you regarding COVID-19, we would encourage you and your colleagues to regularly check the latest “Club Matters” government advice from Sport England which can be found here.

Club Matters provides guidance on keeping sports clubs running, keeping in touch with members and/or customers and provides case studies for what other sports clubs are doing across the country.

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

 

 

MON 13 APR 2020: OUR MESSAGE TO MEMBERS & SPONSORS

 

A Message To Our Members & Sponsors From The Committee at St Annes CC:

We’d like to share with you an update given that we’re several weeks into following the guidelines set by the Government since the Coronavirus outbreak began.

 

St Annes Cricket Club, St Annes on Sea, Lancashire

St Annes Cricket Club, St Annes on Sea, Lancashire

 

To You, Our Cricket Family

Our primary thoughts are that we hope all our members are keeping safe and well and that we continue to keep in contact with and support each other throughout this unprecedented event. It’s wonderful to see the positive effects of our community working together to assist the vulnerable in their time of need.

 

Memberships

As for many businesses and sports clubs at this time who have little or no income, we still have essential bills to pay but we can confirm that we’ve been proactive in cutting costs in terms of our monthly outgoings for non-essential and subscription services where possible and we thank our providers for their support.

As mentioned previously (see further updates below), the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) suspended all forms of cricket until further notice.

With regards to social and cricket memberships received from our members this month (renewed by standing order), and because we’re uncertain of what the short term future holds, we would ask that members refrain from asking for a reduction or refund at this particular moment in time.

Once we have any definite information regarding the future, we will issue a statement outlining our position and our proposals moving forward and we wholeheartedly thank you for your continued support.

 

Moving Forward

We are totally committed to ensuring that St Annes CC comes out of this pandemic in good health and that it is here to be enjoyed by our members and the wider community for many years to come.

We will continue to follow the guidelines set by the Government, the ECB, Lancashire Cricket and the Northern Premier Cricket League throughout the coming months, safe in the knowledge that united we stand and we WILL get through this. Together.

Here’s to the good times we’ll enjoy when we come out the other side!

Please continue to stay safe and save lives to protect our NHS and look after yourselves and your loved ones.

Want to see some heartfelt message of support? Take a look at what our juniors have been creating for our amazing NHS during lockdown.

Thanks again and take care,

St Annes CC Committee

 

FRI 27 MARCH 2020: ECB STATEMENT

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.

 

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.

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.

 

 

SUN 22 MAR 2020: GROUND CLOSED

 

Outdoor nets at St Annes CC

Outdoor nets at St Annes CC

There have been instances where people have come down to our ground to use the practice nets and/or the field, and in normal circumstances there is nothing we’d love more than to see people enjoying themselves playing cricket.

However, we are living in very different times at the moment & following the advice from ECB Cricket that “all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended. This extends to training, pre-season friendlies & ANY associated cricket activity”, we request that social distancing is applied & that children & adults refrain from visiting the ground & refrain from playing in the nets.

We must follow the ECB guidelines at all times & suspend all cricket activities.

Thank you for your continued support. Take care.

St Annes CC Committee

 

 

FRI 20 MAR 2020: CLUBHOUSE CLOSURE

 

Pint of lager at St Annes CC

£1 per pint until closing time at 11pm on Fri 20 Mar 2020

 

Boris Johnson has announced that pubs/bars must close from tonight to tackle coronavirus. We will be following this advice and it is with sadness that we announce we will be closing at 11pm tonight.

Some good news though, we’re offering all draft & cask ales for £1 PER PINT to clear our existing stock ahead of closure.

Mr Johnson said that, at present, “we need to keep people apart” so please ensure that social distancing is applied to maintain the safety & wellbeing of all our members & staff – thank you!

#Coronavirus #StaySafe #ThingsWillGetBetter

 

 

THURS 19 MAR 2020: PALACE SHIELD & NPCL JOINT STATEMENT

 

Please find below a joint statement from the Northern Premier Cricket League & Palace Shield Cricket Competition: Senior & junior cricket suspended until further notice:

 

Joint statement from the Palace Shield & Northern Premier Cricket League

Joint statement from the Palace Shield & Northern Premier Cricket League

 

In the throes of an unprecedented public health emergency that is rapidly escalating, we understand that our clubs are facing an extremely challenging period and need some clear and firm guidance from their league executive.

We will of course do our very best but I think we all appreciate that we are in unknown territory with this virus. On Wednesday 18th March, the ECB formally suspended cricket. They have not said for how long because amidst such uncertainty it is not possible to put timelines on anything. The cancelling of GCSE and A-level examinations is a completely unprecedented measure from which we might reasonably infer that the chances of schools and colleges returning to normal in June is negligible. The implications of this for league cricket are clear.

There is a further consideration. Cricket is a game which necessitates a ball being passed from hand to hand. Inevitably everyone who handles the ball during the game will transfer something of themselves on to the ball. We know that hand transmission is a key factor in the spread of Covid-19. We would have to be certain that this risk factor is eliminated before we could sanction a return to recreational cricket.

At this point in time, we offer the following guidance:

  • There will be no senior league cricket in the NPCL-PS structure before the 31st May and it is unlikely that there will be any league cricket before 1st July.
  • In the NPCL-PS structure, we will resume recreational cricket as and when it is deemed safe to do so. We will follow government and expert advice.
  • As and when we do start our season, we will ensure that we are playing meaningful, competitive cricket. The form and nature of that competition will be decided on in due course through consultation with our clubs.
  • There will be no junior league cricket before the 31st May and it is unlikely that there will be any junior league cricket before 1st July.
  • Inter-league age group cricket may become possible in the second half of the season.
  • Almost certainly, there will be no All Stars or Dynamos programmes running before the 1st July, 2020.

(ECB advice to all clubs who have All Star and Dynamos sign-ups, is pending).

Financial Support
A prolonged period of closure will deny our clubs crucial income streams. At the same time, they will still incur overheads and wage costs; they have perishable stocks; Sky and BT subscriptions; maintenance costs relating to the ground and the fabric of buildings.

We do not underestimate the degree of risk this poses for our clubs. We know that in many of our clubs, committees are holding emergency meetings.

The executives of the NPCL and Palace Shield will be looking to put together a supportive package of financial measures which are likely to include:

  • Waiving and/or modifying annual fees and subscriptions
  • Off-setting the cost of cricket balls and spreading the payment over a reasonable period of time.

In our discussions with the LCF and with the ECB, we know that they are fully aware of the seriousness of the financial issues facing our clubs.

The LCF are looking at ways they might use the Small Grants Fund.

The ECB are exploring all contingencies and all pots of money to find ways of getting support into cash-strapped clubs.

Any club with an ECB loan is very likely to get a repayment holiday.

Ground and Squares
Observing all advice regarding social distancing we hope that clubs can find a way to carry out maintenance and preparation work on the ground and the square. This will at least make it possible for recreational cricket to start promptly in the second half of the season, should all the other factors permit.

Staying Connected
Government control measures may require us to retreat further and further into social isolation but please let us endeavour to stay connected. We all know that the cricketing community is a fantastic support structure. Let us keep it together and keep it strong.

We recognise that it is vital for ourselves at executive level to stay connected with clubs; there are many discussions to be had and many decisions to be made.

In turn, we urge clubs to stay connected with their players, their members, their volunteers, their junior parents.

Overseas Players
Where clubs are expecting players from overseas, please communicate with them. By the day it is becoming less and less likely that they will be able to book flights to the UK. Even if they can, they need to be advised not to do so until we have a definite start date for the season.

In Conclusion
It is tempting to assume that the control measures and restrictions will be lifted on a given date and the following day, we will all return to normal. As the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak becomes more and more profound, this assumption may become less and less realistic. At the end of all this, we may have to invent a new ‘normal’.

In the meantime, the most important challenge facing all of us is looking after ourselves, our families and our loved ones.

 

THURS 19 MAR 2020: JUNIOR CRICKET LEAGUE PALACE SHIELD STATEMENT

 

 

 

Statement from the Palace Shield in relation to the junior cricket season:

In line with the government and the ECB directives,  all cricket based activities have been put on hold for the forseeable future.

As a result it is unlikely that we will be able to complete any of our junior age groups this season. There will not be enough time to schedule and complete the programme if we dont start on time (which looks impossible).

The Exec believe that if we are permitted to play any cricket at all, it is likely to be at the back end of the season. It might be that we are only able to arrange friendlies at that time. However, should circumstances change sooner than is anticipated we may be able to compile a mini season.

If no organised leagues are played WE WILL NOT BE CHARGING CLUBS ENTRY FEES FOR THIS SEASON.

As the scenario is changing daily, no one knows what is going to happen or when.  I will keep you all updated as soon as we know any more.

We will hopefully be able to play some cricket this year but obviously the health and welfare of everyone has to be our number one priority.

I wish you all well in these uncertain times.

Regards

Mark Myers
Secretary
Palace Shield Cricket Competition

 

 

WED 18 MAR 2020: A MESSAGE FROM THE ECB’S  CEO, TOM HARRISON

 

Tom Harrison - CEO of the England & Wales Cricket Board

Tom Harrison – CEO of the England & Wales Cricket Board

 

A message from Tom Harrison , Chief Executive Officer of the England and Wales Cricket Board:

Dear all,

I write to update you all regarding the status of recreational cricket.

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. We have shared the following communication with Clubs and Leagues today: https://ecb-comms.co.uk/t/1FT6-6SKA2-2E2203387/cr.aspx

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.

It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led.  We will continue to work with Government and their advisors and our brilliant people to ensure we are properly informed in our decision-making.

Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult weeks and months which lie ahead.  Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly in local clubs and leagues – who will have such a huge role to play in our nation’s response to coming out of this situation.

Let’s look forward to that moment when we start to see children and players from across the game, playing cricket again – hopefully that moment is not too far away.

Please continue to stay close to us over this exceptionally difficult time.

Best wishes,

Tom Harrison
Chief Executive Officer
England and Wales Cricket Board

 

 

WED 18 MAR 2020: ECB STATEMENT – AN UPDATE FOR CLUBS & LEAGUES

 

The ECB confirm that all cricket has been suspended until further notice

The ECB confirm that all cricket has been suspended until further notice

 

COVID-19 Coronavirus Planning Latest Advice

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.

Visit the ECB Website for further information: ecb.co.uk/news/1646355/ecb-statement-on-the-recreational-game

 

 

TUES 17 MAR 2020: ST ANNES CC REDUCED OPENING HOURS

 

Award winning St Annes Cricket Club

Award winning St Annes Cricket Club

 

Clubhouse Reduced Opening Hours

  • Our intention at present is to remain open but with reduced opening hours, subject to official confirmation from the government that pubs, clubs and hospitality venues may have to close at some point in the near future.
  • We will continue to be open from 4pm Mon-Fri and from 12 noon Sat & Sun. However, our closing times may vary and are dependant on the number of members on the premises.

Event Cancellations

  • Our weekly quiz that’s held every Wednesday and the Comedy Night planned for Friday 27th March have both been cancelled.

 

MON 16 MAR 2020: A MESSAGE FROM ST ANNES CC COMMITTEE

 

Coronavirus outbreak pandemic

Coronavirus outbreak pandemic

 

The Coronavirus is evolving rapidly and we wish to reassure our members that we are taking all of the necessary steps to maintain our high standards of hygiene.

We expect that pubs and clubs may be closed in the near future but until then, we can confirm that the club will remain open and that we’ll operate in accordance with the requirements laid down by the government.

Regular updates about developments will be posted on our website and social media.

We would ask that you do not attend the clubhouse if you feel at all unwell and are showing any symptoms of the Coronavirus.

Please note that all future indoor nets and girls soft ball sessions have been cancelled.

These are unprecedented times for us all and we will do everything we can to help our members navigate towards the better times that lay ahead.

We would like to thank all our members and the wider community for your continued support.

If you’ve any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Take care and stay safe,

St Annes CC Committee

 

 

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