would first of all like to thank everyone at Cricket Wales and in our volunteer
network for the way they have responded to the sad news we brought you last
week about the suspension of cricket activities, in light of the very serious
Coronavirus outbreak in the UK.
have been thoroughly uplifted by the innovation and creativity among clubs and
individuals who are working hard to keep cricket in people’s minds and on
social media timelines, and to keep our collective spirits up while we navigate
through this unprecedented interruption to our game and our nation.
terms of the most up-to-date context, with the passing of Coronavirus Bill
through UK parliament, the Government is now, in effect, in control of cricket
participation, as it is of any public gathering, whether sports-related or not.
& Wales Cricket Board (ECB) continues to liaise closely with the Department
for Culture Media & Sport (DCMS), and we are assured that Government
understands and acknowledges the pressure that the restrictions place on the sport
we expect further critical updates from the ECB in the coming days and weeks,
in relation to cricket operations, programmes and finance, I thought it would
be worth taking you through the prism of priorities through which the ECB is
basing its decision-making;
Safety – the health and wellbeing of everyone involved in Cricket, guided by
Public Health authorities
the Cricket network in business - both professional and recreational
long-term health and prosperity of Cricket, once we come out of this period
At Cricket Wales, we are similarly prioritising our work
into 3 ‘phases’.
– Our current number one priority; the financial viability and sustainability
of our organisation and of the whole recreational game in Wales as well as
those who participate in it.
– Mid-term, ensuring we are ready to respond to the lifting of the suspension -
at a date, sadly not yet known - to allow as many people as possible to return
to cricket safely, in line with future government policy.
– Putting steps in place to make our game the best it can be, long-term, taking
all the learnings of these challenging times, future-proofing and continuing to
grow our reach and relevance, both as an organisation, but also as a sport. To
ensure cricket flourishes when we are permitted to resume participation.
As part of this critical ‘Protect’ phase, Cricket
Wales is committed to bringing its stakeholders as much key relevant
information and other resources as we can, in order to support you through this
difficult time. We have prepared some consolidated sources of information for
this update, but will continually review and filter information we receive from
trusted sources and share this with you.
If you don’t
yet subscribe to Cricket Wales’ bulletins but would like to receive these
updates moving forwards, you can register here.
In the meantime, please stay
home, stay safe and stay healthy
We urge you to stay connected with your club’s members
if you can. Here’s some great material that is being produced by Glamorgan
Cricket, Cricket Wales and others, for back garden or inside activities to keep
children and members occupied.
Chance to Shine Cool Catcher:
Flat Catching Cricket for Girls:
ALL STARS Gardens Games(click
on link and scroll to bottom):
And watch this space for a
Catching Campaign we hope will get everywhere, to help your members get
The ECB recently issued
guidelines for groundkeepers at this normally important stage of the year for
looking after our squares and outfields, click here.
Financial support & other information sources
General business advice click here·
set up as charities click here-
relief click here·
Mental Health Support
Quite rightly there’s a lot of emphasis on mental
health at the moment.
Here is some support you can access and distribute:
Join the Movement here
update from ECB
The ECB also
issued the following note to clubs and leagues today, Friday 27th March 2020
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