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TOP TIPS FOR CRICKET CLUBS DURING THIS CRISIS

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In this uncertain time, one thing is certain, that we all find comfort in cricket and our own club.

For this reason, the SCF will be coming out with a weekly email to clubs, including some top tips on what you can be doing as a club and for your members to keep up engagement. This will ensure that when we get the go ahead to start playing, we can jump right into it.

It is worth noting, that every single thing we suggest here, must fall in line with the government guidance in force at the time, regarding social distancing and the current ‘lockdown’ we are facing - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

For a full list of updates on all things from Sussex Cricket & The ECB, keep in touch with: https://sussexcricket.co.uk/covid-19-updates

Finally, we want to hear from you, as to what you are doing to keep up engagement with your membership, share with us your stories and ideas so we can then share some best practice with all of our clubs.

Please contact gary.wallis-tayler@sussexcricket.co.uk

 

Week 6 - Top Tips

For a full list of updates on all things from Sussex Cricket & The ECB, keep in touch with: https://sussexcricket.co.uk/covid-19-updates

ECB Guidance – hopefully you have all had chance to read and digest the latest ECB guidance on use of outdoor cricket facilities. All of the information including FAQs can be viewed on the ECB website - https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1671670 Please also find attached the latest ECB Update for Clubs & Leagues.

SCF Club Webinar SAVE THE DATE! – Next club webinar is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 3rd June from 7.30pm. The issues regarding accessing the webinar have now been resolved so hopefully you can join us for another informative evening. We will again be joined by guests from Sussex Cricket, the ECB and the 1st Central Sussex Cricket League. Joining details will be sent to you by the end of next week.

Good news stories!

Funding – several clubs in Sussex have benefited from Government, Sport England or ECB funding recently. Over £350,000 has been awarded to clubs in Sussex which is a fantastic story in these challenging times – https://sussexcricket.co.uk/news/sussex-cricket-foundation-help-affiliated-clubs-obtain-over-ps350k-support-funds Remember ECB funding (Emergency Loan & Return to Cricket Schemes) remain open, details and how to apply can be found on our website - https://sussexcricket.co.uk/club-development-facilities-funding

Together Through This Test – yesterday the ECB launched Together Through This Test which is 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. A powerful short film, narrated by cricket fan Stephen Fry, captures the spirit of the cricket community and celebrates the way in which society has come together during this difficult period - https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1671239/cricket-family-is-together-through-this-test-during-lockdown

Chance to Shine – yesterday Chance to Shine celebrated its 15th birthday and also announced that its delivered to its five millionth child in the process! Chance to Shine, who work closely with the Sussex Cricket Foundation, has delivered coaching in more than 16,000 schools across England and Wales, and runs over 200 Chance to Shine Street cricket projects in urban and disadvantaged communities - https://sussexcricket.co.uk/news/chance-shine-celebrates-15th-birthday-coaching-five-millionth-child

We hope that you find these updates useful. If you have any questions or require any support then as always please feel free to contact me – gary.wallis-tayler@sussexcricket.co.uk

Week 5 - Top Tips

Dear Clubs,

Please see below the SCF weekly club email including some top tips on what you can be doing as a club and for your members to keep up engagement during this challenging period. This will ensure that when we get the go ahead to start playing, we can jump right into it.

It is worth noting, that every single thing we suggest here, must fall in line with the government guidance in force at the time, regarding social distancing and the current ‘lockdown’ we are facing - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

For a full list of updates on all things from Sussex Cricket & The ECB, keep in touch with: https://sussexcricket.co.uk/covid-19-updates

Week Five – Top Tips

  • Next Club Webinar – Thank you to everyone that dialled into our first ever SCF Club Webinar call recently which was a huge success. The next webinar will be held on Wednesday 13th May from 7.30pm. Details of how to access the webinar will be sent out later this week.
  • Safeguarding – For the recent update sent out by the ECB regarding Safeguarding click HERE. Please ensure this message reaches your Child Welfare Officer at your club. We have had plenty of questions regarding DBS checks, if anyone needs a DBS check or to renew then please contact Eddie Hick (County Welfare Officer) who will be able to assist you – eddie.hick@sussexcricket.co.uk
  • ECB Clubs & Leagues Update – For the latest clubs and leagues update from the ECB which was circulated last week click HERE. You should have all received an update sent by The 1st Central Sussex Cricket League which stated that they are moving to Stage 3 of their process which is working towards a mid-July start, playing half a season.

We hope you find these updates useful, they will all be listed on our website, so that you can refer back to any ideas you would like to explore. If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact me. In the meantime please continue to stay safe.

Week Four – Top Tips

  • Next Club Webinar / Club Contact – Following the success of Wednesday’s webinar and based on feedback received we will hold the next club webinar early next month following the next League Committee meeting where a further league update will be provided. If we are yet to hear from you then please do get in touch, we are here to help all clubs in our County. If we do not hear from you then expect a member at your club to receive a call from us to see what we can do to support you.
  • ECB Clubs & Leagues Update – Please find attached the latest clubs and leagues update from the ECB which was circulated today. You may have seen this morning that the ECB announced professional cricket is now suspended until 1st July. In line with Government advice, recreational cricket also remains suspended until further notice.
  • Specsavers Virtual Sussex School Games – This summers Sussex School Games has been cancelled due to the ongoing issues regarding Covid-19. It will be replaced by the Virtual Sussex School Games which starts on Monday. The competition will run over 11 weeks, with eleven different sports, one of which will be cricket. Children (and parents) can sign up FREE of charge to take part where they will be scoring points for schools that they represent. For further details and how to sign up please visit our website - https://sussexcricket.co.uk/news/virtual-sussex-schools-games-begin-monday-27-april
  • League Cricket Balls – Please be aware that in recent days we have had some clubs ordering cricket balls for the upcoming season. Please can we request that you hold off ordering balls for now as staff at Gray-Nicolls have been furloughed and as such are not on hand to support clubs through the process. As a league committee we will be in contact as to when the balls ordering process can continue. If you have place a ball order, no action in required and it will be processed in due course. 
  • Sussex Cricket Activity Booklet Next week Sussex Cricket & the Sussex Cricket Foundation will be launching a children’s activity booklet to help keep children informed, entertained and engaged during this challenging period. Details will be sent out to you next week which can be sent out to junior members at your clubs.
  • County Grant Scheme – This funding stream has currently been suspended. The money has instead been put towards the two new ECB funding streams which is to support clubs during this period. We hope the County Grant Scheme will go live next year and we will keep you fully updated on developments.

Week Three - Top Tips

Week Three – Top Tips

  • Covid-19 Club Survey – With the current & ongoing issues regarding Covid-19 , we would like to get an understanding from clubs on what we can do to support you during this challenging period. We would be grateful if at least ONE person at your club could take the time to complete our short survey so we can look to support you as best we can. If you could attempt to complete the survey by Friday 17th April so we can tailor our support to you that would be great - https://s.surveyplanet.com/RKKtbfTiP Thank you to those who have already taken the time to complete the survey.

 

  • ECB Grants/Loan Scheme Update – You hopefully would have seen information sent out from the ECB regarding their Emergency Loan & Return to Cricket Schemes that are due to go live. A further update regarding these two schemes will be sent out THIS FRIDAY. Please also find attached the latest ECB Update for Clubs & Leagues that was sent out last Friday.

 

 

  • Top Tips for Player Engagement During this period continuing to engage with your members is important. Our top tips include:

 

  • Use What’s App to keep members updated on developments
  • Use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to share stories
  • Sign up to Zoom (which is FREE) so you can host club socials e.g. quizzes online – https://zoom.us/
  • Create skill challenges, home coaching drills to share with your members and wider cricket community. Check out the ‘toilet roll challenge’ from West Wittering CC as some inspiration - https://www.facebook.com/westwitteringcc/videos/699961157210409/

 

For further tips, tools and ideas on helping to keep your club functioning, and on working with your members visit the Sport England Club Matters site who are updating their page frequently - https://learn.sportenglandclubmatters.com/course/view.php?id=71

 

  • Sport & Recreation Alliance – The Sport & Recreation Alliance bring together the sport and recreation sector and support members to tackle the challenges and take advantage of opportunities. They are the voice of the sector with Government, policy makers and the media. They help get the nation active at the grassroots by providing advice, support and guidance. Their website contains some really useful information and guidance regarding finances at your club including financial support, insurance & tax which you may find of interest - https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/news/covid-19

Finally….

  • Legionnaires Disease - Legionnaires' Disease is a pneumonia like illness caused by the Legionella bacteria and can be fatal. The infection is caused by breathing in small droplets of water contaminated by the bacteria. The disease cannot be passed from one person to another. Legionella bacteria are found in the natural environment and may contaminate and grow in water systems, including domestic hot and cold water systems. They survive low temperatures and thrive at temperatures between 20 - 45°C if the conditions are right. They are killed by high temperatures at 60°C or above.

The risk from Legionella may increase if the property is unoccupied even for a short period. It is important that water is not left to stand in the hot or cold water systems. As a general rule, all outlets on hot and cold water systems should be used at least once a week for at least 2 minutes to maintain a degree of water flow and minimise the chances of stagnation. For long periods consider draining the system. Make sure that the system is flushed through when it is re-occupied by running all outlets for at least 2 minutes.

Week Two - Top Tips

Week Two – Top Tips

 

 

  • Covid-19 Club Survey – With the current & ongoing issues regarding Covid-19 , we would like to get an understanding from clubs on what we can do to support you during this challenging period. We would be grateful if at least ONE person at your club could take the time to complete our short survey so we can look to support you as best we can - https://s.surveyplanet.com/RKKtbfTiP

 

 

  • ECB Funding – Please see attached information regarding funding that has been allocated to the recreational game to help support clubs during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. The ECB anticipates that this support will be accessible for relevant cricket clubs and leagues within the next two weeks.

 

Finally….

 

  • #SCFSkillsChallenge – Each week on a Friday, there will be a new #SCFSkillsChallenge across our social media channels, which we encourage you to share with your junior (and senior!) members to have a go at and share with us – keep the cricket community talking and active at home. Check out this week’s challenge on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook.

Week One – Top Tips

  • Isolated Groundwork – this is a question we have been posed by a number of clubs, ‘are we allowed to look after the square’ for example. We know that keeping up with maintenance at the club is hugely important for being ready for the green light. A statement was released by the ECB on 26th March, which is attached and confirms the position for essential ground maintenance.
  • Easyfundraising – In our current situation, income is going to be of paramount importance for clubs. Easyfundraising gives your club money, simply from your club members shopping online! To register your club to receive donations click here*, then get the word out to your members, to register, choose your club as their ‘cause’ and get shopping! *for clarity, this is a referral link, which means the SCF will get £5 for free for every club that signs up!
  • Coaching Resources – there are a number of free coaching resources out there, which you can sign up to, for activities to do at home and to expand your coaching knowledge. The first one we are sharing with you is the ECB’s icoachcricket, which is available on desktop and as an app - https://icoachcricket.ecb.co.uk/
  • Fraudsters – we have been made aware of some people trying to take advantage of this situation, offering refunds & grant funding via email. Any source of funding that becomes available, you will receive from us directly, the ECB or other reputable sources like Active Sussex or Sport England. If you are ever unsure on an email you’ve received, please do not open it or it’s contents. Feel free to contact your TM if you have any concerns.
  • #SCFSkillsChallenge – Each week on a Friday, there will be a new #SCFSkillsChallenge across our social media channels, which we encourage you to share with your junior (and senior!) members to have a go at and share with us – keep the cricket community talking and active at home. Check out this week’s challenge on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook.

A quick note on our sponsorship deal with Kingfisher Beer, this has been postponed by Kingfisher due to the pandemic, but we hope to reinstate this deal for clubs as soon as possible.