Bapchild Cricket Club

Nets and Club Facilities currently remain closed

Cricket ball and Net

On the 15th May the ECB issued guidance based on the recent Government announcements regarding the lockdown

The UK Government stated that team sports should not be played outside of a household.

ECB maintains the position that all recreational cricket remains suspended until further notice, with the sole exception of the use of outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise as set out in their detailed guidance document.

The primary and ongoing goal of the ECB and this cricket club is to protect the health of everyone in and around the game.

Whilst the adjusted lockdown restrictions provide an opportunity for the use of outdoor cricket facilities (nets and pitches) for the purpose of undertaking exercise the Club has to meet a number of requirements as would the individuals using the facilities.

The Club feels it is unable to meet all of the requirements at this time and therefore the Club remains CLOSED.

The facilities and nets are NOT TO BE USED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES

Only Committee members may enter the ground if on specific Club business such as checking the facility or maintaining the outfield and square

No club members or members of the public may enter the grounds unless they have prior permission from the Chairman

We understand this will be disappointing for many of you who are keen to blow away the cobwebs and start preparing  just in case cricket is able to start at some point this season but the Club and it’s officers are required to maintain the Health and Safety at all times and are legally bound to do so.

I have summarised below the ECB requirements to re-open our outdoor facilities and why we are currently unable to meet those requirements –  The committee will continue to monitor the situation and will look to open at the earliest but safest time.

In the meantime we remain committed to your safety and the safety of our volunteers



Chairman – Bapchild CC


ECB is clear that outdoor facilities should only reopen if those responsible for them are ready to do so and they can do so safely, following public health guidance: no club should reopen their outdoor facilities if they feel unable to meet the requirements.

The below is only the summary and the full detailed guidance document can be found here from page 4 onwards

Summary :  Clubs need to have the following in place:

Properly maintained facilities.

  • Simon and William Cosstick have kindly power washed and repaired the Nets – One net is damaged due to storm damage when a tree fell on it  (this is
    less of a problem as under current guidance we are only allowed to open one net)
  • The outfield is currently unusable due to the large amount of rabbit holes which need to be filled and maintained
  • No toilet facilities are available at the ground as the pavilion was drained of water during the winter and a full inspection and re-filling of the tanks is
  • All repairs can only be performed once a full risk assessment has been undertaken.  These repairs have to be made with health and safety regulations and maintaining social distancing eg. a member from a different household cannot hold the bottom of a ladder

A well-maintained booking system for outdoor space or other means to manage access and demand.

  • This is to be setup – and while can be relatively simple has to available to the representative at the club during opening times – it is also has to be used
    for contact tracing in case of an infection

The capability to advise individuals when booking to check for symptoms of COVID-19 and in turn to advise individuals when booking that – in line with current Government guidance – if they are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if they are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, they should remain at home and follow Government guidance.

  • To be organised

A sanitation procedure between use/booking.

  • The recommendation is 10 minutes between session is allowed for de-sanitisation although the definition of how to “de-sanitise” is to be worked out

A representative of the club on site during the hours that the outdoor facilities are open for use.

  • To be organised

Closed signs should be displayed when facilities are not open (including where a club does not wish to or is not ready to reopen) to deter use by general public particularly where there is open access.

  • Done

Updated signage and access points.

  • To be organised

No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.

  • Difficult to monitor and enforce

The exercise outdoors can only be with members of the same household or within groups of up to six persons from outside their household while keeping two metres apart at all times. However, you can not share a ball or throw it to some one to catch (unless from the same household) limiting the exercises possible.

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-five coaching is permitted per session.

Nets should be used on an ‘every other’ basis, leaving one net free between nets. (One net in the Clubs case)

Clubhouses can be reopened in a limited way for operational reasons (e.g. for access to first aid equipment) or for toilet access (see full guidance) 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.

  • See above
  • Volunteers to clean the toilets to be organised after each booked session

NB it is unlikely we would offer to open Toilet facilities

No indoor activity at all.

Strongly recommend using own equipment if possible. If equipment is being shared, please follow UK Government’s guidance on the sharing of equipment.


For individuals, you will need to:

Seek confirmation from the club that it has reopened and make a booking.

Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.

Check for symptoms of COVID-19. In line with current Government guidance, if you are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, you should remain at home and follow Government guidance.

Avoid public transport if at all possible.








You must be logged in to post a comment Login