North London Cricket Club News story


05 Jun 2020

Following today’s ECB guidance (see ), 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 via; note 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 via 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)
Saturdays - 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.
Best wishes.

Martin Issitt