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From the Chairman
Usually at this time of year, I would welcome you all to the new cricket season via our Fixture booklet and give you an update on our professional and our expectations for the summer.
In these unprecedented times, and with such uncertainty prevailing, I beseech you to stay safe and well and hope that we may get some recreational cricket in before the autumn.
We are still active via the website, Twitter and Facebook, new information will be posted as soon as it comes available. Any updates on the County Championship can be found via the Glamorgan website at www.glamorgancricket.com
Nicholas Woodward – Chairman
As a club we have followed the guidance from central government and closed our premises. We have had to furlough all but one of our staff and our caterers are no longer able to operate. Our General Manager, Dave Wallace, is continuing to look after the ground and caretake the buildings, we are grateful to him for his commitment.
Although we are “stood down” there are many initiatives taking place behind the scenes and in this newsletter you will have opportunity to read the information coming from the ECB, the L&DCC, Cricket Wales and other sources. Please follow the links.
Any enquiries concerning cricket, the function rooms etc. can be made using our booking form or contacting the club via the email address. A telephone message can be left, but please bear with us if we are not able to respond as quickly as normal.
To all our readers – STAY SAFE AND WELL, WE SHALL GET THOUGH THIS!!
On Thursday evening 9th April, Cricket Wales will be hosting A Question of Sport (Cricket Version) live via our YouTube channel.
It’s another small way of us connecting with the cricket network during such an unprecedented time and hopefully it will provide a fun 90 minutes for people at home. We want as many people to get involved as possible from senior club teams and members to parents and juniors so your help in spreading the word is much appreciated (say it quietly but it can even involve anyone from over the bridge!).
The Facebook event page can be found below which contains the YouTube link for next Thursday:
We also thought it would be an opportune moment to support some of the great work that is going on out there. As we know, our mental health inside and outside of sport is of paramount importance to our general wellbeing; none more so than now as people find themselves restricted to their homes for an indefinite period.
Therefore a voluntary entry fee of £2 to the quiz will help to support the fantastic work that the ‘Opening Up’ cricket charity do – predominantly around mental wellbeing and suicide prevention in cricket. The fundraising link can be found here:
As the ECB have suspended all recreational cricket for an unknown period, we are not able to tell you whether our junior programmes will run and when at the moment.
Should recreational cricket be resumed we will do everything we can to provide training and games for the juniors, but this will depend on government and ECB advice along with the amount of cricket season that remains once recreational cricket resumes.
Follow the link to find a “games at home” worksheet which you may find useful for your youngsters and I hope that you all stay safe during this very difficult period.
If you have any queries you can contact ASC helpdesk on 0800 085 7998 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Any enquiries relating to the Allstars or Dynamos – please email the club.
During January and February our juniors took part in training and selection in the L&DCC and also for Cricket Wales. Sam Bright has been selected for the junior Welsh squad and both he and Tom O’Melia have been selected for the Lancashire and West Festival squad – well done to them both. Our juniors have been entered into the Cricket Wales Welsh Cup as well as the seniors.
We hope that towards the summer there may be chance to put on some training and cricket matches for the youngsters. It may not follow the pattern of previous seasons but with the willing cooperation of our coaches we shall do our best to “get the game on”.
Before the pandemic struck, George Johansen, our new Club Captain, had made great strides is sourcing a Bangladeshi professional, encouraging new players from other North Wales clubs and was ready for an exciting season, hopefully to gain promotion back to the Premier Division. However, it wasn’t to be, but his hard work in securing these players and finding his feet with all the administration, it will stand him in good stead for the 2021 season. As with the juniors any play later in the season will be very welcome and we all look forward to it.
The ladies and Girls came third at the indoor winter league behind Northern and Bootle. They also finished third at the end of last summer’s outdoor league, so a consistent position, especially as this was their first season. Training when able to will continue to be on a Friday 6 – 7 pm, new members welcome, please email the club for details.
The mixed ability section managed to fulfil their winter programme before being suspended. Their last outing was on Sunday 15th March at Oswestry. The MACS are keeping their spirits up by contact via social media. Anyone interested in joining our group should email the club with their enquiry.
When Robert Browning wrote the words: “Oh to be in England,
April’s there” he was expressing the wish that he could enjoy the joys of
an English Spring whilst he was far from home.
All cricket lovers look forward to Spring for this reason, plus the prospect
of five months enjoying the greatest of games.
Sadly the latter seems to be on hold and we must concentrate on more serious
matters of trying to stay well and looking after those who are not.
I had hoped to visit a number of clubs this year to meet friends old and
new. I am as disappointed as you about the immediate prospects but perhaps
missing the game we all love, will make us enjoy it the more.
Good luck to you all.
We hope that you, your family and friends are keeping well during this uncertain time. The response from the cricket community has been overwhelming as people are thinking of new ideas to stay active and keep cricket in their lives.
With the changing situation surrounding Covid-19, we are continuing to work with the Government and Sport England to provide the answers that we know you are looking for during this uncertain time.
It remains critical that our decision making is medically led and informed by science and as a result, we are not able to provide all the answers at the minute. Please be assured that we are continuing to work through the questions we receive and will update you as frequently as possible.
The safety and wellbeing of all people involved in cricket is our absolute priority and so whilst we continue to work through solutions, All Stars and Dynamos Cricket remain suspended. We are currently working through what this means for those who have registered for both national participation programmes and will be in touch within three weeks to update you.
We know that cricket can have a huge part to play in supporting physical and mental wellbeing of children around the country and we are working hard to find a solution which involves running courses later in the summer.
We are fully committed to doing the best for cricket and its communities throughout this unusual period. In the meantime, we are also exploring ways that we can bring cricket to homes across the country through indoor games, challenges and digital content and we look forward to sharing details with you soon.
England & Wales Cricket Board, Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, NW8 8QZ
This bulletin focuses on the impact of Coronavirus on Cricket Wales, the clubs and the wider game, as well as other news…
Dear Cricket Family,
I would first of all like to thank everyone 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.
As part of our own response, we are adjusting our ‘normal’ priorities and activities and our work is being guided by a framework of 3 distinct ‘phases’;
Protect – 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.
Prepare – 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.
Prevail – 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 sources and other resources as we can, in order to support you through this difficult time.
We have prepared the following information for this update, but will continually review and filter information we receive from trusted sources and share with you.
Thank you again to everyone for the work you continue to do to protect Cricket in Wales at this uncertain time.
Stay home, stay safe and stay healthy.
With best wishes,
Leshia Hawkins CEO, Cricket Wales www.cricketwales.org.uk
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