The Return of Cricket to Great Melton – Statement
Thank you for your patience in awaiting the good news of the return of recreational cricket to Great Melton. I’m very pleased to inform you that we have completed a thorough risk assessment and followed the guidance issued by the ECB to ensure the ground will we will be ready for the re-commencement of fixtures which start this weekend (Saturday 18th July) with an in-house match to ‘test’ out all the new procedures followed by a possible Ladies V U15s match on Sunday.
The full risk assessment can be found here and on social media sites but please read the attached infographics very carefully as they summarise the steps everybody – players, officials, parents and other spectators – must follow in order to ensure everybody’s safety.
First of all it has to be stressed that, while the risk of being infected by Covid19 is relatively slight on a cricket pitch in Norfolk, there is still a risk and it is important to re-emphasise that you must continually check for symptoms of Covid19 and, if you are symptomatic and/or living in a household with a possible Covid19 infection, you should stay at home and follow government guidance and should certainly not be engaging in cricketing activity. You also need to be aware that, in the unlikely scenario that person engaged in a cricket match or coaching organised by the club, subsequently tests positive for the disease, then everybody taking part in the activity (players, officials, spectators) will need to self-isolate for 14 days. We all need to balance our desire to play against the risk currently posed by the infection – there is no pressure from the club for anybody to play cricket.
If you do decide that you and/or your son or daughter would like to play cricket, please read the attached infographic but, in particular, please be aware that:To be eligible for selection you must be a registered member i.e. you must have completed a registration form (available on the website at: https://www.greatmeltoncc.co.uk/resources-downloads/) and paid at least the £10 senior half-subscription or the £5 junior one. Personal details (from Registration Forms) are needed to support the Track and Trace system which means all spectators visiting the ground will need to supply details as well. This can be done by using a mobile phone to scan the QR code at the entrance to the ground and filling in the very simple on-line form. In the case of non-club members this information will be stored for 21 days.
1.You must carry out the required hand-hygiene measures before, during and after games or coaching sessions.
2.You must provide your own equipment including hand-sanitiser, cricket equipment (bats, pads, helmets etc), chairs, food and drink.
3.Children (U16) will need to be accompanied by an adult who must stay on site for the duration of the activity.
4.Entry to the ground, for Senior & Junior activities, will be by the the side of the pavilion nearest the bowling green/home changing room and exit from the ground will be via the double gate near the nets. There will be no entry or exit from the ’nets/visitors’ changing room side of the pavilion as this ‘corridor' is left free for toilet access. There will also be no entry nor exit from the gate by the junior pavilion.
5.There will be no access to the pavilion or changing rooms. Players will need to arrive ready to play.
6.Players and spectators must observe social distance rules at all times. There will be designated marked areas for ‘home’ and ‘away’ players adjacent to both the senior and junior pitches but players are encouraged to leave kit in cars (or parents’ cars) until needed. Spectators may observe from any point on the ground but must be 2m from the boundary and should not field the ball.
7.There will be one unisex toilet available. Entry will be restricted to one person at a time and all touch points will need to be de-sanitised after use. This means that, if a child want to use the toilet, they will need to be accompanied by a parent who should wait outside until the child emerges & then check that hygiene and de-sanitisation guidance is followed.
8.Unfortunately nets cannot be used whilst matches are taking place which may mean that you receive an email telling you that a pre-booked session has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.
We apologise for this rather long list of measures that must be adhered to but I’m sure all of you will support and abide by them in order for us to provide you with some cricket at long last. We will, of course, revise and amend this advice in the light of experience and further government/ECB advice. Thank you for reading this.
Let’s get the game on!!!
Steve a.k.a. Chairman