COVID-19 nets

Last updated 12 July 2020

Recently updated:

  • Nets availability is now reduced due to the resumption of matches and summer camp, which starts from 27 July.

General principles

All activity must be consistent with the latest government COVID-19 guidance and ECB COVID-19 guidance regarding health, travel, social distancing and hygiene at all times.

We will consider safety first, particularly minimising the risk of infection/transmission.

Measures will be changed as appropriate if tighter movement/social distancing is reintroduced in the future or when the restrictions are further relaxed.

The executive committee reserves the right to withdraw the privilege of using the facilities from members who do not follow the government, ECB or club rules.

Am I eligible to use the club?

The club’s facilities will be available for junior and adult members who:

  • paid last summer and/or
  • have paid at least part of their 2020 summer membership fee
  • and members of their households only.

We are not open to the public for the use of nets or any other purpose.

Stay away if you should self-isolate

Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (temperature above 37.8 °C, a new persistent cough, loss or change to your sense of smell or taste or other symptoms of COVID-19 identified by the NHS) must stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days.

All members of the same household must self-isolate for 14 days even if they do not display symptoms.

If you have been in close contact with anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or you have been advised to do so by a track & trace app or officer, you must self-isolate and not use the club.

If you have an underlying health condition that makes you ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ or you expect to be in close contact with anyone who is highly vulnerable, please do not use the club.

People aged 70 and over are advised to minimise their contact with others outside of their household.

Session times

Usage is strictly by online booking only. As per ECB guidance, this means that if any user of the nets is later diagnosed with COVID-19 it will be possible for government track and trace officers to contact the club in order to contact all other users who may be at risk and may need to self-isolate.

The facilities will be closed Mon-Fri mornings to enable our groundsmen to have safe access.

The nets open will be a single lane on the artificial wicket and a batting cage on each pitch.

The facilities will be bookable at the following times:

  • Mon: 12 noon to 9pm (1 artificial net bookable only; grass wickets undergoing weekly flooding)
  • Tues: 12 noon to 3pm (1 artificial turf net bookable + coached sessions available with Lloyd)
  • Wed: 12 noon to 9pm (all 3 nets bookable)
  • Thu: 12 noon to 4pm (1 grass net & 1 artificial turf net bookable + coached sessions available with Robbie)
  • Fri: 12 noon to 4pm (1 artificial turf net bookable + coached sessions available with Lloyd & Robbie)
  • Sat:
    • No nets bookable
  • Sun:
    • No nets bookable

Sessions are 50 minutes in length unless otherwise specified, with a 10 minute period between sessions. Ensure you have fully vacated the area before the next session starts.

Some session times are blocked out for one-t0-one coached training (see below for details of coaches available).

How frequently can I use the club?

Members may book one session per 7-day period (Mon-Sun).

Coaches approved by the club to provide one-to-one coaching (see below) may book a block of hours as agreed with the club, plus an unlimited number of additional sessions if they have a confirmed booking from an SMCC club member (as long as this does not exceed their 1 session per week).

We will review this policy if a high number of sessions go unused.

How to book

Bookings can be made:

  • Yourself via the online booking system, Skedda, using the button below
  • By a coach on your behalf, if you are booking a one-to-one coaching session with them (see below)

Please note that if booking on a mobile, you may need to tap on the arrows next to 'Spaces' in order to see all three available nets.

Please note that if booking on a mobile, you may need to tap on the arrows next to 'Spaces' in order to see all three available nets.

Who can I train with? (updated 6 June 2020)

As per the government's update on 28 May 2020 and the ECB guidelines issued 5 June 2020, you may now take part in nets sessions in groups of up to six people. We are therefore opening the club for the purpose of cricket training only. No extra-curricular or social activity will take place.

The ECB guidelines state:

  • For all activity, social distancing of at least two metres must be maintained at all times (except between members of the same household).
  • Playing cricket individually is permitted e.g. practice of individual cricket skills or fitness activities
  • Playing cricket with people living in your household is permitted.
  • Small group cricket activity, training or fitness in groups of no more than six (6), is permitted, keeping two (2) metres apart at all times.
  • Cricket coaches, can now undertake small group sessions of up to six (6) people including the coach (1:5) and they must comply with ECB safeguarding policies (as well as being able to conduct one-to-one coaching).
  • It is permissible for two or more groups of six (6) to train at the same time provided they are kept separate, and social distancing and strict hygiene measures are observed.

Parental supervision

Junior players under the age of 16 should not book or use the facilities without the supervision of a parent / guardian.

One-to-one coaching

One-to-one coaching is not a service provided by the club. However, we know that it is a service that many members are keen to pay for, so we are happy to facilitate your engagement with selected independent coaches who are well known to the club’s executive committee. Payments for coaching must be made online, not in cash, and should be made directly to the coaches, not the club.

All three of the coaches listed below are highly experienced in coaching both adults and juniors. Coaches may provide coaching equipment, but please remember you will need to bring your own equipment such as bat, pads, gloves and helmet.

All sessions are 50 minutes (1 hour with 10 minutes gap between sessions as per ECB guidelines).

Robbie Gunn

Robbie is a full-time professional cricket coach who works with Lloyd Edwards to lead the delivery of our junior and women's coaching programme. Robbie has coached for numerous clubs, schools and counties. Robbie will provide specialist equipment such as bowling machines and video analysis. £40/session.

Thu 11th June 1-6pm.

Thereafter, Thursdays and Fridays 12 noon - 4pm (other times may also be possible on enquiry).

Call 07914869030 or email to robbiegunnca@gmail.com for info and bookings.

Lloyd Edwards

Lloyd is a full-time professional cricket coach who works with Robbie Gunn to lead the delivery of our junior and women's coaching programme. Lloyd is a qualified PE teachers and works has coached at numerous schools and clubs. Video analysis and cricket equipment (bowling machines, weighted balls, etc) provided if required. £40/session.

Tuesdays & Fridays 12-4pm (other times may also be possible on enquiry).

Call 07376228929 for further info and bookings.

Neneto Davies

Neneto is a full-time professional cricket coach with playing and coaching experience at county level and is captain of our men's 1st XI. £40/session. Email nentodavis@mail.com for further info and bookings.

Wash hands and bring hand sanitiser

Wash your hands before arriving at and after returning home from the Club.

You must bring an appropriate hand sanitiser (at least 60% alcohol) with you and use it before and after touching any surface at the club - such as the car park barrier, the padlock, the stumps, the batting cages and chairs.

This is to protect others as well as yourself.

Which facilities are available?

Outdoor facilities only will be open. Both the main Pavilion and St Gabriel’s (the smaller changing rooms building) will remain closed. This means that there will be no access to toilet facilities.

One batting cage will be used on each pitch and the middle lane only of the artificial turf nets will also be available to book.

The strips to be used will be clearly marked. Strictly only the designated strips may be used.

Benches/chairs must not be used (they have been moved into the clubhouse to make this clear).

What if the ground is damp? Can I wear spikes?

The normal rules of cricket square usage apply. If the ground is damp enough that any visible damage occurs to the pitch upon bowling or batting, the batting cages/strips must not be used.

Using spiked shoes on the grass wickets will cause them to deteriorate for other users, so we ask you to avoid using them at all times. Our groundsmen are aiming to preserve the better wickets for when we (hopefully) resume cricket in later in the summer.

Rolling cages on/off at beginning and end of the day

Groundsmen will carry out grounds work Tuesday to Friday mornings.

Players who are the first booking of the day must move their batting cage and stumps to the designated strip.

Players must check the booking system and if they are the last booking of the day they must move the batting cage and stumps to an area off the square, if physically able to do so.

The cages are quite heavy, so it is advisable to have two adults at least to move the cages, so please be mindful of this when making your bookings.

Use your own equipment

Bring your own personal cricket equipment. Do not share any equipment with anyone else, other than members of your household.

The club’s spring-back and plastic stumps will be available. Only these spring-back and plastic stumps are to be used and must be left in the batting cages/nets.

Players must bring their own balls which must be marked/different colours so only one person touches each one other than members of the same household who can share.

Batters should tap the ball back to the bowler with the bat or foot only.

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

Coaches must bring their own coaching equipment (e.g. cones, bowling machines) and usage should be limited, with any equipment used cleaned and wiped down afterwards.

As there will be no access to first aid and emergency equipment (other than the defibrillator), players and coaches must bring their own.

Spectators

Spectating is not permitted, other than where the attendance of a parent/guardian (non-participant) or a carer for a disabled player is required. This must be limited to one per player where possible, with social distancing strictly observed while watching the sessions.

Take home everything that you brought

You may not leave any personal belongings of any kind at the club.

You must take home everything, including all litter, that you brought with you. Do not dispose of any litter at the club.

Enjoy your net session!