TWCC and Coronavirus
Statement v.2 May 15th 2020
Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club is a family-centred organisation and your committee comprises members who are grandparents and parents and recognise their responsibilities with respect to the duty of care for all members.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has released a set of guidelines in conjunction with government guidance on outdoor activity following the partial relaxing of lockdown measures.
Below is a summary of the latest ECB guidelines:
You can exercise outdoors on your own, with members of your household or with one other person from outside your household while keeping two metres apart at all times. You must only exercise in groups of no more than two people, unless you are exercising exclusively with members of your household.
Social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (unless all participants are members of the same household).
Only one-to-one coaching is permitted per session.
Nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between nets.
Clubhouses can be reopened in a limited way for operational reasons (e.g. for access to first aid equipment) or for toilet access (see below) but all communal areas including bar, changing rooms etc are to remain closed for general use.
Toilet facilities can be opened if the venue wishes, but particular care should be taken by those using them and those cleaning them. Where they are open, venues must ensure soap and water is provided.
No indoor activity at all.
We recommend using your own equipment if possible. If equipment is being shared, please follow UK Government’s guidance on the sharing of equipment.
No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.
Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.
We will continue to relay any further guidance and statements from the ECB, on our club website, and email members as appropriate.
We would like to offer all our members and their families our very best wishes in these difficult times.
Q1. If the cricket programme is disrupted, what will the Club do regarding fees paid?
Answer: TWCC is an amateur sports Club run for its members, by its members, and any reserves are ploughed back into the cricket programme for members.
Until we have a clear picture of how affected this season may or may not be, we aren’t able to advise members as to what action specific we may take.
In the event that our cricket program is materially curtailed, and we lose many weeks where we are unable to provide our cricket programme, we will carry over some portion of all membership fees paid for season 2020 until season 2021, where fees for that season will be set at levels to incorporate any adjustment. Any adjustment will have to reflect the fact that we will have incurred unrecoverable costs in preparation for the season.
We ask members not to contact the membership secretary or other officials of the club regarding membership fees, unless absolutely necessary, but to rely on further announcements which will be placed on our website. Please bear in mind that we are volunteers with jobs and families and are in the same position as all members. Please be patient.
Q2. May we delay membership sign-up until we know when cricket will start?
Answer: No, membership was offered from the start of February with every expectation of a full cricket programme. A significant number of members both renewing and new to the Club, have already joined for 2020.
Youth cricket membership invitations for renewals always contain a deadline by which time members lose their places if they have not re-joined and paid the fee.
When a membership is not renewed, we offer the vacated place to the next young person on our extensive Applicants’ List. In the light of the answer to question 1 we hope that members will renew and continue to support their Club.
We look forward to the return of all our existing members and we are very keen to welcome new members, especially playing members at all levels.
We offer different types of playing and non-playing membership. We have some very talented players, many of whom who have come from our junior ranks, and coaches who are very keen to help the development of our cricket across the board.