Dear members and friends,
I hope you are all keeping well during these challenging times.
The last week has brought some confusing messaging about the extent to which lockdown measures are being lifted, and that applies to recreational sport as much as any other activity.
In that context, I am writing to bring you some good news and some bad news. This is based on the latest government guidance and further clarification we have received from the ECB (that’s the England and Wales Cricket Board).
First the bad news. For now, it is still too soon for us to restart any form of organised cricket matches or group training. And we still don’t know whether we’ll be getting any of that before the end of the summer. But it’s only May so we live in hope.
The good news is that it is now possible for one-on-one coaching to resume and for net practice to re-start. As such, our groundsman Mark is busy readying our nets for use, ahead of a resumption tomorrow, Saturday May 16th.
Unsurprisingly, there are still a lot of limitations on these activities.
- Social distancing must be respected at all times;
- Only one of our two nets can be used at a time;
- Only two people at a time can play in the net, or more than two people if they are all from the same household;
- Hands must be washed immediately before and after using the facility;
- No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball as far as it’s possible to avoid it;
- Anyone suffering coronavirus symptoms, however mild, should not use the nets and observe government advice.
One final requirement from the ECB is that any use of the nets should be subject to a booking system, so starting from tomorrow, any use of the GXCC cricket net must be reserved here:
where each slot is one hour with a 15 minute gap to avoid groups mixing and to allow time to take any sanitation measures as necessary.
The ECB regulations also require that a member of GXCC is present while the nets are being used, so this serves to emphasise that the GXCC cricket nets are only available for the use of members (or family members in the case of parents bowling to colts), so if you wish to use the nets and have not yet paid your subscription for this season, please do so, as per my earlier email.
I know Chris Marrow has already spoken to some of you about having one-on-one coaching sessions and the net is similarly available for other coaches to use, or for pairs of members to hone their skills ahead of the forthcoming season (either 2020 or 2021!).
That’s all for now. Please respect these facilities if you plan to use them, and enjoy.
Chairman: Gerrards Cross Cricket Club