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

Network COVID-19 Webinars

*********UPDATE********** Registration will close at 15:00 on Thursday

In view of the many issues confronting clubs in the current situation we have arranged a webinar so that members can share their challenges, news, questions and learning for the benefit of all.  You can join online and/or phone using simple to access conference call technology.  We have set two times – 4.00pm and 8.00pm – on Thursday 7 May to enable as many people as possible to join one or other. 

Each webinar will be moderated to allow as much free discussion as the technology can accommodate.  We will seek to keep to a hard cut off at one hour but may look to organise future events should the demand become apparent.  The webinar joining details will be sent shortly before the first call.   

To help facilitate arrangements, please spend one minute answering a few questions in the survey here   

COVID-19 Preparedness Survey

This short survey is based on information gathered to date for all clubs to self-assess the state of their preparations for dealing with the COVID-19 emergency. The results will inform our rolling webinar series supporting clubs at this time.

All the information collected will be treated as confidential and only used in aggregate and anonymised form. The results will also be shared with Network members and survey participants.

Please take the average 4-5 minutes to complete the survey here.

ECB unveils £61m interim support package for professional and recreational cricket

The England and Wales Cricket Board today announced a £61 million package to help cricket withstand the financial impact of COVID-19.

An extra budget of just over £20m will become available to the recreational game through a cricket club support loan scheme, grants through the “Return to Cricket” scheme and a 12-month holiday on loan repayments for recreational clubs.

Sport England £195m COVID-19 funding package

Sport England is making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. 

The package includes a £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which is now open for clubs and community organisations to bid into. 

Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available.