Following today’s ECB guidance (see https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1676621/updated-guidance-for-return-to-activity-in-a-club-setting
), I am pleased to
confirm that we are making some changes to take advantage of the ability
to have larger numbers of members netting. This will also allow us to
provide slots for groupings from the senior teams and age groups - and,
in doing so, to enable more of you to enjoy being at the Club's grounds
and potentially for longer periods. Forms of socialising, as well as
exercise, are a key part of Club life.
Please note that for now these relaxations will only
apply to the use of nets - having consulted Middlesex Cricket this
afternoon, wider, but limited, training activity may become
possible but some greater clarity is needed. Updates on this will be
provided as soon as possible and we will liaise with captains and
coaches on any permitted activities. We will also consider the best way for younger players to be able to use the facilities in their dedicated sessions.
Specific plans and timings will be finalised over the days to come, but in summary the
following arrangements will apply for members from Monday 8 June (we are aware that things are likely to continue to change):
Weekday mornings and afternoons and Sunday afternoons
net bookings can continue to be made by members
that the number to use a net will be no more than 3 unless they are all
from the same household; individual coaching can also be booked (again
) with up to 2 players, whether or not from the same household
Monday evenings -
certain junior age groups; the age groups in question to
be notified shortly and team managers will liaise with squads and
explain booking arrangements (there will be different times for
different age groups); coaches will be made available to assist
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings -
senior players to train; club/team captains to coordinate the allocations/bookings
Thursday late afternoons/early evenings -
provisionally a junior age group (as above)
Friday evenings -
other junior age groups (as above)
senior players to train (as above)
Sunday mornings -
other junior age groups (as above)
Numbers permitted at senior and age group net sessions will vary according to age:
- At senior nets, up to 6 players may participate (which of
course provides significantly more opportunities and flexibility than
enjoyed to date).
- For juniors, the number of players per net will be no more
than 5 (and we will consider whether that needs to be reduced for
younger players). Age group managers will have all the relevant
information when communicating for weekly age group bookings.
- For the other bookings (ie weekday mornings and afternoons and Sunday afternoons to be booked via
the numbers will be limited to 3 per net unless all are from the same
household. This is to assist with compliance issues in how those nets
are booked and then used. We will review whether any increase is
possible. See above in relation to individual coaching.
We will finalise everything shortly (so juniors please to await
news from their age group managers). There will also be a need to update
attendance formalities, as well as introducing some further process in
managing these numbers in the current climate.
Please do assist in this regard as we need to get things
right in these challenging times to be able to continue to be able to
offer the use of our facilities in this way. Restrictions will of
course continue to apply - including social distancing, use of personal
equipment and non-attendance if required to self isolate. As before,
only those who are booked in are to attend so that we can be both
compliant in managing the sessions and also maintain an accurate
register at all times, including for tracing purposes.
Let’s hope there is more to come from the ECB soon. They are
considering next steps. Note also the comments above about a possible
extension beyond nets. We will look at any improvements to these new
NLCC arrangements (particularly any need to adjust in terms of
anticipated numbers) over the next couple of weeks in any case. We
remain committed to creating cricket opportunities for members in 2020
whenever we can. To answer one possible question, the bar will not be
serving drinks for now, although we are looking carefully at what might
be possible - look out for news on that. Again, hopefully very soon.....
Stay safe, be sensible and take care while enjoying your
cricket. Thank you also to many of you who are making this possible,
whether coaching, organising, preparing the grounds and facilities or
otherwise - fantastic work which is greatly appreciated by everyone.