I wanted to send a quick update this morning following the announcements made by the Government over the past few days.
With thanks to the County we have had a quick communication with the ECB who have told us the following.
“We are working closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Welsh Government, Sport England and Sport Wales on providing further guidance on what this (The Government's new advice) means specifically for the use of cricket clubs, their facilities and coaches. We are also looking at what future plans for both recreational cricket and cricket behind closed doors could look like, as we move to Step Two and Step Three, as and when the Government advice allows.
As such, all recreational cricket across England and Wales remains suspended until further notice, this includes practice/training – however, we will endeavour to provide a further update as soon as possible.
I appreciate that there is huge appetite to get cricket played across England and Wales as soon as possible, but the health and safety of the general public and cricket family remains our primary concern. I thank you in advance for your patience at this time of uncertainty."
This advice could well be updated today – and if we get any more information I will pass it over.
The deadline to submit any applications to Sport England’s Emergency Fund is this week. Please make sure that if you have not applied, but are planning to, that you get your application in before that time – we have heard that many of our members have benefitted from this fund.
You can apply to the fund here https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund
The county is continuing to put on excellent webinars for clubs to receive some learning at this time.
All webinars and the latest update from the county can be found here https://www.essexcricket.org.uk/2019/05/07/recreational-season-update-thursday-07-may/
Any questions or comments please do get in touch.
Shepherd Neame Essex League Chairman