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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. 

Quick wins

On the back of the successful Covid-19 support webinar series over the summer and the new found universal passion for Zoom (or equivalents) we wanted to gauge the appetite for further virtual sessions on a range of club development issues.

So if you have yet to give us 2 minutes of your time to complete a quick survey, please click here and tell us NOW.

If there is sufficient interest, and it looks as though there is already for at least a few of the topic areas, then we will pursue discussions with the cricket bodies, outside providers and potential guest contributors to Network hosted events to look at doing something over the winter.

And please also tell us if you’re NOT interested so we don’t get carried away with the response from a skewed sample of the Network membership.  We know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

The focus has to be on short punchy sessions with maximum participation – our sharing knowledge and learning ethos –  which adds value to you as a club leader; delivering practical things you can do that you’re not already doing in areas that present the most challenge or where there is scope for deriving the most benefit for your club.  This is not about training but quick wins. 

Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Leadership or management? And what role can your coaches play?

Do you have:

  1. A clear vision for the Club
  2. A defined and agreed strategy
  3. A live action/development plan
  4. Allocated responsibilities for delivering the plan to those with the right competence/skill sets

Can anyone genuinely respond 1,2 3 and 4 and claim that commitment to the vision is largely unquestioned, all who need to buy in to the strategy have bought in, the plan is guiding everything the club focuses time on, and you and your committee are leading – that is inspiring, engaging, guiding, supporting, coaching, mentoring and occasionally directing – and not just managing yourselves or the few involved in delivering?

If yes, then what’s your secret?

I have had some very interesting conversations on the back of the ECBCA Zoom calls over the summer.  Primarily around the role of leadership in clubs………………..

Continued on LinkedIn here


Playing in 2020

With league cricket looking increasingly unlikely, leagues and clubs are already exploring other options.

That, of course, is dependent on the development of appropriate playing conditions to comply with government guidelines.

To gauge a club view, we have put together a one question poll with three options and asking you to identify which option best fits with how you see your club’s view on its appetite for cricket in 2020. 

There are a few identifying questions – name, club, county,  league(s) – but, as usual,  the results will only be published in aggregate and anonymised form

So please take a minute to complete the poll HERE