With the country’s second Lockdown beginning tomorrow, the ECB have released a short statement that confirms the position for recreational cricket during the period of lockdown.
As a result of the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 restrictions, and subject to Members of Parliament voting today and the publication of bespoke guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport [DCMS], ECB understands all organised recreational cricket activity indoors and outdoors will be suspended from 5th November until 2nd December in England. Professional cricket that is classified as elite by the UK Government can continue as an exemption during this period.
Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs must close; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm; and not including alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery.
The UK Government has confirmed that school sport can continue as an exemption during this period but university sport must be suspended. Coach education programmes can continue where this cannot be undertaken online.
The health and wellbeing of everyone in the cricket community has and remains our number one priority and we are in dialogue with DCMS about how recreational cricket activity can return safely once the national lockdown ends.
Gloucestershire Cricket Board Position
As a consequence of this announcement we will be continuing to deliver Coach Education Level 1 and 2 courses throughout the lockdown period as well as continuing to work in local primary schools. We will however, be postponing junior leagues, performance trials and community sessions as part of our Super1s, Wicketz and Chance to Shine Street programmes.
We are though, still hopeful that following the lifting of lockdown we will be able to deliver our full programme in the Covid secure manner that we have been planning to.
Finally, the GCB would like to reassure all participants and prospective participants on Education courses or Talent Pathway programmes that you should continue to register for programmes in the confidence that should any programmes be cancelled, postponed, paused or reduced in length we will issue refunds for activity that is not delivered.
Is a cricket ground classed as a public open space?
No, privately owned cricket clubs are private outdoor spaces (in the same way as golf courses) and therefore not open to the public
Can a club use it’s nets for 1 to 1 coaching?
No. Clubs should not be organising any activity using their facilities including the nets.
Can a self-employed coach use a cricket club for coaching?
No. Cricket clubs are considered to be ‘private clubs’ and therefore should not be used for this kind of activity.
If my club is in a public park, can we use the ground for 1 to 1 coaching?
No. Cricket clubs should not be allowing or encouraging anyone to use the cricket club facilities for cricket activity.
Can a player under the age of 18 be coached 1 to 1 in a public space?
No. Coaches should always avoid being 1 to 1 with a player under the age of 18.
Can extra-curricular sessions be run after school?