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As you would expect, our discussions this week have been dominated by fall out from the DCMS select committee hearing.  The soon to be published ECB 12 point plan suggests more policy but not, as yet, training or committee quotas at club level. 

Some of us feel that accessibility is not just an issue of race and we need to do more to open up the game across the board.  The glaring issue is the decline of state school cricket and adequacy of cricket’s response.

The virtual Network club forum takes place on November 30 at 7.00pm.  Please do your best to attend and hear information to your (and your club’s) advantage; it will take you less than a minute to register and ensure you get joining details here.

We will be catching up on the (uncertain) future of Clubmark.  And potential changes in the relationship between clubs, counties and ECB identified in my article in this month’s The Cricketer.

As we head towards the Network’s 7th anniversary, and with the membership now representing around 1,000 clubs, it’s time also to reflect on how we provide more support for members’ club development if, as seems likely, others increasingly retreat from the field.

So the forum will introduce our new members’ portal, club development resources and more regular, very practical, single-topic virtual discussion groups.  And much more besides.

But the LinkedIn group discussions will remain our core activity.  Other current discussions can be found on the group page here:

  • Have you any experience of ‘engaging children and young people’?  If so, I need your help
  • Club administration software – the definitive answer!   News of a member rating and review platform for all the apps and software used by clubs – suggestions needed.
  • Cricket’s climate crisis; the Sky Cricket broadcast and implications for clubs #KeepTheGameOn  #NetZeroCricket
  • Electric mowers; can you help this club looking to reduce its carbon emissions and the length of grass on its outfield?
  • New website options?  Seeking a wrapper for Play Cricket stats.
  • The end of Sport England Community Asset Fund; is this a problem?
  • Safe Hands Management System down.  Update.
  • ECB governance (part II): what’s the relationship between ECB and clubs?

Our library of past discussions can be found on LinkedIn here.  It can also be found on our website.  To access the LinkedIn links, you need to be a member and logged into LinkedIn.

Anyone involved in running a recreational cricket club (maybe Clubmarked but not exclusively so) can join, contribute to and benefit from discussions with club peers, on everything and anything related to club leadership, management and development. 

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