It is vital that clubs can keep functioning and remain connected with their players and members so that they are in a position to run effectively when cricket resumes. Regular communication with all those involved at your club, both through formal and informal methods, helps maintain engagment and peoples wellbeing.
Below are some ideas and examples of ways to keep your players and members engaged with cricket and with your club:
Keeping Your Club Running
Through their Club Matters platform Sport England have lots of advice, tips, and guides on how to keep your club running during this difficult period. Including business continuity plans, member communication and case studies. Active Devon also have a page for the support on offer for volunteers and delivers of sport and activity - visit their page here.
Social media platforms are key for reaching players, members and followers. Keep them up to date regularly with important news but also with other fun and interesting content. Examples we have seen from clubs include: player profiles, videos, polls, quiz questions and many more.
Holding online/virtual club events can be a great way to bring people together socially as you usually would be during the season. You could hold a quiz, bingo, club social or even a virtual launch night. There are numerous platforms you can use such as Zoom or Facebook Live. View our guide to using Zoom here.
Club Challenges and Initiatives
Why not set your members a club challenge or set up a club initiative? There are lots of challenges circulating social media such as 'pass the ball' and 'team photos'. There are also number of challenges that raise money for the NHS and charities during this time, take a look at the Run for Heroes 5k or the nationwide 2.6 Challenge charity campaign. Why not create your charity fundraiser or start the next trend of cricket challenges?
It is important to remain active for your mental and physical wellbeing. Check out some cricket specific activities from The Lords Taverners or Chance To Shine. There is also lots out there on Youtube and on our Twitter. Sport England have the #StayInWorkOut inititative with ideas and tips on how to stay active at home. See our All Stars/Dynamos page and Kids Activity page for more.
With the extra free time that some peeople have it could be a good opportunity to complete some online training ready for when cricket resumes.
Umpiring and Scoring - the ACO have launched FREE online courses for the basics of umpiring and scoring - find out more here.
Level 1 Cricket Grounds Maintenance - (ONLINE COURSE)
The Grounds Management Association (GMA) have launched a new online Level 1 module on Cricket Grounds Maintenance to allow you to gain an awareness and general understanding of the tasks involved in maintaining playing surfaces. Find out more and book here.
Coaching - The ECB have recently launched an ECB Coaching Ambassador e-learning module which is specifically for people who are looking to recruit and develop coaches for their club. The ECB's iCoachCricket Resource has also recently been updated and includes lots of great drills and ideas for coaches. There are also courses available to develop your coaching skills through UK Coaching and a number of free sport related courses available with The Open University.