Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated: 3 July 2020
Next update due: 10 July 2020
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The purpose of this webpage is to provide guidance to affiliated clubs and organisations of Hampshire Cricket Board Ltd (HCB), Southern Premier Cricket League (SPCL) and the Hampshire Cricket League (HCL), in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These FAQs have been collated jointly by the HCB, SPCL and HCL, to keep clubs up to date with the latest Government and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) advice, and to answer questions raised by clubs. By communicating in this way we hope to provide consistent information to clubs across the three organisations.
We appreciate clubs will have many concerns and questions. HCB, SPCL and HCL will do everything we can to support clubs through this very challenging period. While we have attempted to provide as much information as possible there are areas where advice is being sought from ECB. Consequently, this document will be updated as and when new information is received from the Government or ECB and would urge clubs to revisit this page on a regular basis.
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison gave evidence to the DCMS select committee. Click here and watch what he had to say (the committee starts at 9:30am and Tom appears from 10:32 to 11:01) and here to read the ECB statement.
* Government green light for return of recreational cricket
ECB is delighted that the UK Government has given the green light for recreational cricket in England to return from Saturday 11 July.
Competitive cricket matches adjusted to respect hygiene and social distancing will be permitted in England from 11 July.
The latest update from the UK Government signals progression from Step 3 to Step 4 of ECB’s roadmap to return for the recreational game, meaning competitive cricket matches in England with adjustments to respect hygiene and social distancing would be permitted.
ECB has maintained a constant dialogue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) throughout this process and the UK Government have stated that COVID-secure guidance will be published in the coming days.
Guidelines are already prepared for the return of recreational cricket and following the Prime Minister’s comments, will now be finalised and published early next week.
ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: “It will come as great news to our nation of recreational cricketers that the UK Government has given the green light for the game to return from next weekend. We are grateful for the support of Government to achieve this, in particular Oliver Dowden, Nigel Huddleston and those across DCMS who have helped the return of international, professional and now recreational cricket.
“We have had a responsibility throughout this period of time to work with the UK Government and to plan alongside the cricket network to try and mitigate COVID-19’s impact on the 2020 season. We have maintained a constant dialogue with UK Government and they've been supportive of our desire to see recreational cricket return when it is safe.
“They now agree that with appropriate measures in place to mitigate the risk, it is safe.
“We know how difficult it has been for everyone to go without cricket this summer, and we thank you for your patience.
“As the nation's summer sport we believe we have a role to play in getting people active across the country, especially young people, and it is heartening to know that club cricket – albeit with social distancing in place and some other adaptations – will soon be back across England.”
The UK Government's announcement pertaining to recreational cricket applies at this time to England only. Guidelines specifically relating to Wales can be found here.
* Roadmap for the return of recreational cricket this summer
The ECB identified five steps for the proposed phased return of the recreational game in England this summer (watch out for announcements this week on the move to Step 4 from Saturday 11 July). Please click here for more information, click here to download the updated Frequently Asked Questions and here to download the poster below.
Please click here to download the poster relating to the above guidance. Please click here for England & Wales Cricket Board COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (updated 29 June 2020).
* Financial Support
Government, Sport England, England and Wales Cricket Board and other funding sources
Please click here for the latest information on our dedicated funding support page. The ECB announced a further financial package to support professional and recreational cricket during the COVID-19 pandemic. The £35.7million support package was agreed by the ECB Board after detailed financial planning with the whole game and to support all levels of cricket during a period of extreme financial uncertainty. Please click here for the full update. The Club Funding webinar, where we were joined by ECB Facilities Planning Manager Duncan Jenkinson, has been added, along with details of the ECB League Emergency Loan Scheme (which covers match ball, handbook and entry fee costs amongst other items).
* Online Learning (including the chance to earn cash awards for your club)
Cash awards for your club are up for grabs in the Umpiring Project with free online courses at both Basic and Stage 1 qualifications.
Please click here to head over to our brand new webpage where you can also brush up and enhance your scoring, groundsmanship and social media skills.
You could gain your level 1 groundsmanship for just £25! Hampshire Cricket Board will re-imburse GMA grassroots club membership (cost £65) which entitles all club groundstaff to big reductions course fees and a great range of benefits.
Courses are provided by ECB and the GMA (Grounds Management Association, formerly known as the IoG, Institute of Groundsmanship).
General Advice for Clubs and Organisations
Cancelled courses and lapsed qualifications (1st aid, Health and Safety): 1st aid training must take place face to face. On resumption of cricket activity, please be aware of whose qualifications are in date and ensure someone qualified is on site while activities are taking place. Please seek courses as soon as possible for those whose qualifications have expired. HCB will contact all clubs in the coming weeks to establish likely course requirements. HCB will also run Health and Safety courses for foreign nationals should the need arise.
Coaches' mental health training: Please click here for UK Coaching's free course produced in collaboration with 1st4Sport, the mental health charity Mind and Sport England. Coaches across the UK will be able to increase their knowledge of mental health, and confidence when applying the learning into their coaching practice, and will remain free until 31 August 2020.
Health and hygiene: Please click here for the latest Government guidance.
If an instance of a club not adhering to ECB guidance comes to light (e.g. by club social media post), what action (if any) should be taken and by whom? Please contact the relevant county board who will follow up with the club.
Insurance: will insurance companies either pay out on lost income due to business interruption or rebate / refund premiums due to the lack of cricket? Please refer to your insurer. In the event that there is a query as to whether COVID-19 is covered under business interruption, clubs will need to take this up with the Financial Ombudsman.
Keeping your club / organisation running: Please click here for tips, tools and ideas on helping to keep your club functioning, and on working with your members. Sport England Club Matters are updating the page frequently.
Officials' well-being: Heather Vernon, as well as being National Scorer Officer for the ECB Association of Cricket Officials, is also a counsellor and psychotherapist. The restrictions in place for lockdown have begun to place a strain on many people and the longer they go on the greater the impact on our emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical well-being. Various organisations, from a wide variety of perspectives, are producing guidance on how to cope and so please click here for her helpful guide to maintaining well-being among the officiating community.
Safeguarding: ECB's Safeguarding team have recognised some challenges you may be facing, due to the important restrictions implemented by the government. We have put in place a couple of changes to support you. Please click here for details of interim training for new and existing club welfare officers.
#TogetherThroughThisTest: ECB has launched ‘Together Through This Test’, a nationwide campaign shining a light on the work undertaken by the game in response to COVID-19 and highlighting the resources available to the public. Please click here and see if you can spot a Hampshire club paying tribute to the NHS and All Star cricketer Elouise from Mottisfont in the film "The Wait" voiced by Stephen Fry.
Will there be a national recruitment campaign to encourage participation in grassroots cricket? We are awaiting further information from the ECB. HCB and the leagues will work tirelessly to ensure the recreational game resumes in the best possible shape.
Will there be consultation with the FA if there is cricket in September on use of facilities shared with football? Consultations continue to take place between ECB, Sport England and other sports’ governing bodies on the conditions under which recreational games can resume.
All Stars and Dynamos Cricket
ECB remains optimistic that All Stars Cricket will be able to take place later this summer and we will do everything we can to give all children an opportunity to play when it is safe to do so. Please click here for the latest update on All Stars Cricket 2020.
Dynamos Cricket (8-12 year olds)
ECB has reached the very difficult decision that Dynamos Cricket will not take place in 2020. The ECB will continue to do everything we can to give all children an opportunity to play this summer when it is safe to do so. Please click here for more information.
Who to Contact
The following activities have been suspended and all participants have been contacted. We will let you know when activities/courses resume.
HCB team members are on furlough leave for the months of May and June except:
- Ben Thompson, Cricket Development Director
- Simon Jones, Cricket Development Manager
- Mike Pollard, Cricket Development Manager
- Andy Sharp, Finance
If you have any queries, please email HCB.Admin@ageasbowl.com and a member of staff will respond asap.
- All Stars Cricket / Dynamos Cricket
- County Club Championships
- Courses and Events
- Coach education courses
- Safeguarding and Play-Cricket courses
- Umpiring and Scoring courses: please click here to contact the Hampshire Association of Cricket Officials (HACO)
- Women’s Cricket Expo and Women’s Softball Coaching Course
- Disability Cricket (Super1s / County Teams)
- Girls’ Regional Performance Centres (RPCs)
- Schools Cricket
- Street Cricket