Recreational Season Update – Friday 19 June


Revised article updated: Friday 19 June, 5:00pm

Article first released: Thursday 26 March, 10:00am

Key Contacts

• Dan Feist – Cricket Operations – [email protected]
• Graham Pryke – Leagues and Clubs, Lead on Funding – [email protected]
• Natalie Samaranayake – Women & Girls, Youth – [email protected]
• Phil Knappett – Safeguarding and on-line courses – [email protected]
• Arfan Akram – East London Clubs and Leagues – [email protected]

A message from Dan Feist, Head of Cricket Operations, Essex Cricket

Everyone at Essex Cricket would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole Essex Cricket family for the huge amount of community spirit, engagement, and activation that has taken place. As a united front coming together across every part of the county, it has been exciting to see what is possible in the most challenging times to enhance community lives.

This passion and hard work continues to show that the game is more than just about the competing, but the friendships, memories and opportunities it creates for all – so thank you!

As we now start to see a return to recreational cricket on the horizon, a strong and concerted effort is needed by us all to support our friends, families and the community by respecting the Government guidelines. I can assure you we are continuing to work with the ECB around clarity of information and what opportunities this may create for clubs, teams, players, officials and volunteers. We will continue to communicate this information to our wider cricket family at the earliest opportunity.

Finally, I would like to remind you to please get in touch with the Essex Cricket in the Community team at any point and we will be more than happy to support ways to activate your club, guidance on the current guidelines, funding options to help you through this summer or winter or ways to connect and support your members and local community.

Thank you all again, please continue to stay safe and we looking forward to the enjoyment of playing with a bat and ball again, either now in small groups or with your team in the near future.

Latest ECB Update

On Friday 17 June, the England and Wales Cricket Board (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. – Read More

The ECB released also released further practical guidance to players and clubs earlier in the month to outline the steps they should take whilst undertaking recreational cricket activity and informal cricket activity in an outdoor environment given the current restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The key update in the guidance is the allowance of small group sizes (now up to six individuals), however a number of other subtle but important changes are listed throughout the document.


• Guidance Summary – Here

• Return to Activity in a Club Setting Guidance – Here

• Outdoor Facilities Guidance – Here

On 10 June, the ECB released the ‘Roadmap for return to recreational cricket’
View Here

BBC Children In Need Covid Grant
More Information

The Anglian Water Positive Difference Fund
More Information

Umpiring Inter League Challenge Launches:

Essex Cricket in the Community have been working closely with the ECB and Essex Association of Cricket Official (ACO) to create a brand new recruitment drive for budding umpires across the region – Here

Google’s Digital Garage Workshops:

Cricket clubs across England and Wales can benefit from digital skills webinars as part of a new partnership between the ECB and Google Digital Garage – Here

Current Government Advice

All the latest details can be found via:

Funding & Financial Support

Information on the ECB’s Leagues Loan is now available: Here

If clubs/leagues are not eligible for either Local Authority or Sport England funding and still require financial assistance or simply to update us on their current circumstances to touch base with Graham Pryke or Arfan Akram.

Further to ECB’s announcement on 31 March, today the ECB announced its Loan and Grant Scheme.

The Grant has been launched as the final resort so we would, therefore, encourage all Clubs and Leagues to ensure they have applied for the following first:

1. Government’s Local Authority Small Business Grant. For more information – Here
2. The ECB Loan scheme – Here
3. The ECB Grant – Here
4. Community Initiative Fund – Here

Sport England:

Interested in finding out more about crowdfunding for sport? Are you part of a not-for-profit organisation committed to keeping the community physically active? Do you need some money to help support your organisation? Crowdfunding could help…

• Register for the event to receive more information – Here

ECiC Guidance

Latest Covid-19 Webinars since last the last update:

• Tuesday 16th June – Wider Community Engagement

Laureus Sport for Good Community Coordinator & Sporting Equals Breaking Boundaries London Activator, Sam Sahwney was joined by ECiC Board member, currently Recreation & Leisure Services Manager at Thurrock Council and former Director of Operations at London Tigers Jawar Ali to their experiences on how cricket clubs can work with the network outside of their current membership as well as maximising their club facilities. 21 people logged in.



Essex Women Compete Again:

After narrow defeat against Kent last week with our guest runner Nasser Hussain supporting, Essex Women’s First XI will be competing once again in a Virtual London Race this weekend against Middlesex for the third-place play-off.

Essex, Middlesex, Kent and Surrey women’s players have been in battle to post their best 2km time. To reflect what would have been a time where the teams would be looking at their T20 exhibition matches, the fastest team time wins.

Alongside the 12 players, each team has the option of asking a ‘celebrity’ runner to join them. This weekend will see Essex Men’s Captain, Tom Westley join the team!

Follow @EssexWomen on Twitter for up to date information around the competition.

and finally…

Most importantly it is clear that we want everyone to look after their own health and that of their members; this is the main priority of all.


In line with Government guidance, Essex Cricket in the Community staff as of Wednesday 18 March have been working from home. Wherever possible, the team will continue to give support and will continue to provide updates as often as necessary.