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06 March 2018

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ECB ACO Scorer Roadshows

Building on the launch of Play-Cricket Scorer, ECB has continued to listen to scorers and, throughout the winter, has developed a FREE scoring solution for Windows and Apple Mac.

Play-Cricket Scorer Pro provides an alternative scoring option that meets the needs of the dedicated scorer in the recreational and professional game.

ECB and ECB ACO are touring the country showcasing the functionality of Play-Cricket Scorer and Scorer Pro to all in attendance. 

These events are free to attend and open to all on the following dates so please click your preferred link to book your place and share the details with anyone you know who may also be interested.

Date

Location

Time

Registration

19th March

The Cooper Associates County Ground, Somerset CCC

18:00-21:00

CLICK HERE

20th March

The SSE SWALEC, Glamorgan CCC

18:00-21:00

CLICK HERE

21st March

The Brightside Ground, Gloucestershire CCC

18:00-21:00

CLICK HERE

22nd March

The Ageas Bowl, Hampshire CCC

18:00-21:00

CLICK HERE

25th March

Lord's Cricket Ground, Middlesex CCC

11:30-15:30

CLICK HERE

26th March

Edgbaston, Warwickshire CCC

18:00-21:00

CLICK HERE

06th April

Trent Bridge, Nottingham CCC

18:00-21:00

CLICK HERE

07th April

Emerald Headingley, Yorkshire CCC

11:30-15:30

CLICK HERE

09th April

Emirates Riverside, Durham CCC

18:00-21:00

CLICK HERE

10th April

Emirates Old Trafford, Lancashire CCC

18:00-21:00

CLICK HERE

The Programme

The event will begin with an overview of Play-Crickets tools, setting the scene, highlighting the importance of scoring to the game and both the features and benefits of Play-Cricket’s products for scorers, administrators and players.

                                   

You will then receive a demonstration by a representative of the new Play-Cricket Scorer Pro software and Play-Cricket Scorer app followed by a Q&A giving you the opportunity to raise any questions.

                                   

Finishing off the evening you will have an opportunity to meet product experts from the recreational and professional game who have been developing and extensively testing Play-Cricket Scorer Pro during the winter months.

                                 

Throughout the event, the technical product development team will also be on hand and available to discuss any necessary queries.

                                  

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Don't forget the presentation on the changes to the Laws of Cricket...

You can find it on Who's The Umpire (WTU), by following these steps:

Log into WTU – Click 'INEX' – Click 'ECB Public' – Click ‘Law Changes 2017’

If you haven't already registered for WTU click here to register for access

 

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23 January 2018

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1.    All Stars Cricket Has Launched!

All Stars Cricket club registration launched 2 weeks ago. We encourage Clubs to upload their sessions by 31st January before promotional school visits begin in early February. Email campaigns to returning participants will begin in mid-February. If you register your Club by the 31st January, you'll also be entered into a competition to win a Club visit from All Stars Cricket Ambassador Michael Vaughan.

The national marketing campaign is bigger than ever and will kick off around Easter. Clubs will receive regular communications and support from their County Champion to support the delivery of the programme. Click here for more information.

Register Your Club

Returning Clubs - Login to your Account

2.    NatWest CricketForce - 23rd to 25th March 2018

Already, there are over 1500 clubs taking part in NatWest CricketForce this year, focusing on:

Improvement of changing and toilets facilities for women and girls

Improving access for disabled people

Creating more family-friendly function rooms

By simply registering for NatWest CricketForce you are entitled to a range of special offers and discounts from our Official Supporters, helping your club save hundreds of pounds!

Get involved here

Check out the range of new digital resources, designed to help you market and promote your event to club members and local community by clicking here.

Jewson Privilege Account Scheme

Every club who registers for NatWest CricketForce will now automatically qualify for the Jewson Privilege Account Scheme of £150 following an initial deposit of £50 to activate your account. Jewson will be in touch imminently with all the information about how to activate your account and the specially designed packages of products.

3.    ECB Small Grant Scheme 2018

In 2018, the ECB Small Grant Scheme aims to support the ECB’s national programmes - Get the Game On, All Stars Cricket, Women’s Cricket and U19 Club T20.

Priority will be given to applications from affiliated cricket clubs actively engaged with these programmes. All projects will assist clubs to make small changes to improve their long-term sustainability by increasing the number of games played, offering either improved family friendly social facilities, improved changing facilities for women cricketers or enabling great events for the

4.    U19 Club T20 competition.

Clubs should contact their local County Cricket Board (CCB) to receive an application form and guidance notes on how to apply.

The deadline for applications to CCBs is Friday 23rd February 2018.

For more information click here.

5.    ECB ACO - It's Your Call - New Umpire Courses

  The new Stage 1 course is perfect for those starting out on the umpiring pathway or if you just want to you learn more for when you have to don the white coat at your club. The new shorter course is just £30 (only £40 if you sign up for Stage 2 at the same time) and prepares you for getting out on the field.

The available courses in your area can be found here.

Click here for marketing resources to help spread the courses around your network.

6.    Play-Cricket: Powering recreational cricket

We have produced a variety of walk-through videos for the Play-Cricket Scorer App introduced in 2017. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to view the videos.

Please find our updated Features & Benefits document here - all you need to know about everything Play-Cricket has to offer.

7.    ICC Cricket World Cup News.

Priority access to the ICC Cricket World Cup Ticket Ballot - beginning May 1st

Take a look at the timeline above for all the key CWC19 ticketing dates below and keep an eye out for more information on tickets, schedules and pricing, which we'll be sending your way in March.

Encourage your friends and family to be part of the priority ballot too by getting them to register now.

8.    Do you want to be part of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?

In 2019, England and Wales are set to host the ICC Cricket World Cup for the fifth time and you could be part of it. As the flagship event of the international cricket calendar, it will be the stage for the world’s best players for six weeks of enthralling cricket.

From working in venues to delivering Fan Parks to managing accreditation, we will be looking to recruit for a wide range of roles over the coming months. You could become a member of a hardworking team that is striving for excellence in everything they do, looking to challenge one another to think beyond traditional limits and boundaries.

For more information on these roles and to apply, please follow this link.  

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23 January 2018

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We caught up with Paul Tatton, Chairman of the LCF’s Groundsperson's Association on his advice for cricket clubs in Lancashire on ground maintenance in January.

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First of all, I would like to wish the readers a very happy new year.

I understand that we’re close to having over 1,000 views of my updates which is very encouraging from my point of view and I hope it is of use to clubs up and down the county.

Aeration

January is usually a good time to aerate the square, but with this wet autumn and winter weather, I would suggest a different routine. There is no point in aerating wet pitches as this will make holes for water to sit, just like test tubes and defeats the object of the exercise, which as the name suggests is to get oxygen to lower root level.

I suggest not to areate Mendip lome pitches no later than end February and other lome pitches which are more clay content no later than early February.

If we don’t get a dry spell in spring it is paramount that holes will have time to close or we could be playing on cricket pitches with variable bounce. So it’s the golden rule, only when conditions allow.  A good sharp frost this month could be of great benefit.

Toadrush

This is prevalent at this time of the year due to the amount of water in the ground. This is a shallow-rooted reed grass which will show in small dark clumps. If and when conditions are dry, this should scarify out and should not be a problem.

There has been a lot of discussion recent around the standard of pitch surfaces that are required to improve consistency and bounce. It is vital that clubs all around the county produce stand standard pitches if we are to continue to produce Lancashire and ultimately England cricketers.

It is vital that funds are available to finance a club’s facilities which includes machinery, nets, wicket maintenance and looking after the outfield. As well as funding, knowledge is crucial in helping club’s produce good pitches.

For your info

I would also like to make you aware that I will be running a basic groundsman course at Westhoughton Cricket Club on Saturday 24 March. More information will be provided in due course.

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05 January 2018

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On the 16th January 2018 Lancashire Sport Partnership (LSP) will be hosting an event at UCLAN (Preston) to outline how LSP can support and work with your club

We will be highlighting the opportunities for club development and funding, as well as providing you with the opportunity to discuss a number of topics . We will also be running two 1 hour workshops for coaches, these will be on;  'How to Develop Talent' and 'Behaviour Change'. 

Each club will have an allocation of 2 places and it is recommended 1 coach and 1 operational/committee attend.

To sign up, please use the link below and register on the workshop(s) you'd like to attend. (Parking available and food & drink will be provided)
 
23 December 2017

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Dear Club Contact,

Please attached the ECB Small Grant Scheme 2018 - Application Form & Guidance Notes Clubs along with a short summary of the scheme which is now open for applications.

 

Aims

In 2018, the ECB Small Grant Scheme aims to support the ECB’s National Programmes - Get the Game On, All Stars Cricket, Women’s Cricket and U19 Club T20.

Priority will be given to applications from Affiliated Cricket Clubs actively engaged with these programmes. All projects will assist Clubs to make small changes to improve their long-term sustainability by increasing the number of games played, offering either improved family friendly social facilities, improved changing facilities for women cricketers or enabling great events for the U19 Club T20 Competition.

The scheme aims to make an impact in the 2018 season, therefore, the scheme has a quick turn-around time to ensure Clubs get the maximum benefit from the funding.

  • The scheme is now OPEN and will CLOSE on Friday 23rd February 2018. Any applications received after this date, submitted incomplete or incorrectly will NOT be processed.
  • The LCF will then undertake a decision making process and submit the recommended applications to the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for processing no later than Friday 23rd March.
  • Successful Clubs will be expected to complete the project/purchase within 4 months of the date of the offer letter being sent.
  • Please consider that the LCF have a limited budget towards the overall scheme in 2018 and many clubs may not be successful.
  • Please POST your application along with two official ‘like for like’ quotations (from different Suppliers) to: James Cutt (Address Below)

Please ensure you Read the Guidance Notes carefully before submitting your application.

If you have any doubt about the project eligibility once you have read the documents please give me a call, ideally now early in the New Year.

Thanks

James Cutt

Club & Community Cricket Manager (North)

Lancashire Cricket Foundation

Emirates Old Trafford

Manchester M16 0PX

M: 07595 520536

E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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29 November 2017

2015 ICC World Cup Participating Nations

Since September 2016, the ECB has worked predominantly with accredited ECB Premier Leagues to assist them with the monitoring and enforcement of the Immigration Rules set by the Home Office (the Rules) and to further educate them in relation to the potential application of those Rules and the impact of Managed Migration in club cricket more generally.

In September 2016 and, again, in January 2017, I wrote to clubs advising that the Home Office had spoken to the ECB regarding restrictions on players from outside the EEA entering the UK using the Standard Visitor visa, the Youth Mobility Visa or as a Non-Visa National.

In particular, these visas only allow a player to join an amateur team or club to gain experience in a particular sport if they are an “Amateur”.

The term “Amateur” is defined by the Rules as: “A person who engages in a sport or creative activity solely for personal enjoyment and who is not seeking to derive a living from the activity. This also includes a person playing or coaching in a charity game”.


The term “Professional Sportsperson” is defined by the Rules as someone, whether paid or unpaid, who: “Is providing services as a sportsperson, playing or coaching in any capacity, at a professional or semi-professional level of sport; or being a person who currently derives, who has in the past derived or seeks in the future to derive, a living from playing or coaching, is providing services as a sports person or coach at any level of sport, unless they are doing so as an “Amateur”.”

The Home Office has advised that it would consider that the following are likely to be included in the definition of “professional sportsperson”:

- Players who have played for professional or semi-professional clubs at junior levels, which may include Under 19s teams, whether they were paid or not; 

- Coaches of junior teams of professional or semi-professional clubs, whether they were paid or not;
- Former professional sportspeople who have formally reverted to amateur status according to the rules of their sport; and

- Players who have played representative sport for their state, country, or territory, whether they were paid or not.

Please click on this link to view a copy of the Home Office’s guidance, dated 14 June 2017, on this subject - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visit-guidance 

Having now reviewed levels of compliance with the Rules across a number of accredited ECB Clubs and Premier Leagues as part of the ECB’s 2017 season review and following further recent discussions with, and directions from, the Home Office, it is important that all accredited ECB Clubs & Leagues are aware of the following information:

- The ECB identified a number of clubs that appeared to be in breach of the Rules as a result of one or more of their non-EEA players being in breach of their visa. These clubs have now been formally notified as to such breach (es) and have been warned of the consequences of any further such breaches.

- For the 2018 cricket season it is expected that less players will be able to gain access to the UK, using the incorrect visa, due to practical changes in the way the Home Office will manage migration.

-  The criteria used in 2017, and the guidance provided by the ECB on the directions of the Home Office, remains unaltered.

- By way of additional clarification, the Home Office have also confirmed that a) the payment of a player’s airfare or accommodation and/or b) the use of an agent to promote the availability of players, is likely to increase the prospect of the Home Office considering the player to be a “professional” and, as a consequence, the risk of that player being deemed ineligible to participate in accredited ECB Leagues.

- If clubs are in any doubt as to player eligibility, then they should seek guidance from the Home Office prior to undertaking any such arrangements. Should you experience any issues when contacting the Home Office then please let me know.

- Clubs found to be in breach of the visa regulations could be subject to the highest level of sanctions available for breaching the Rules.

- The ECB and other sports governing bodies are working collaboratively with the Home Office regarding possible amendments to the Rules and related guidance the Rules for implementation for the 2019 cricket season. Precise details are expected to be agreed by autumn 2018. It is essential for Clubs to comply with the published Rules and clubs registering and/or playing non-EEA migrants must abide by these Rules. Note: The ECB is not registered or qualified to give advice on immigration.

Information on aspects of immigration policy and law can be found on the Home Office website here

If you have any questions on the above. please email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Bedford  
National Participation Manager
(Leagues & Competitions)

 

Notes from previous correspondence

 

Click here for the Question and Answers page 

Click here for a Premier League Registration document that can be adapted for 'control' purposes by other Leagues. 

It is essential for ECB, and Cricket to comply and continue to have an effective relationship with the Home Office, clubs receiving non-EEA migrants must abide by these rules. 

The Home Office definitions below were included in the letter dated 05 September. 

“Professional Sportsperson”, is someone, whether paid or unpaid, who:-

1.is providing services as a sportsperson, playing or coaching in any capacity, at a professional or semi-professional level of sport; or

2.being a person who currently derives, who has in the past derived or seeks in the future to derive, a living from playing or coaching, is providing services as a sportsperson or coach at any level of sport, unless they are doing so as an “Amateur”. 

An “Amateur” is a person who engages in a sport or creative activity solely for personal enjoyment and who is not seeking to derive a living from the activity. This also includes a person playing or coaching in a charity game.

Note:- The ECB is not registered to give advice on immigration. Information on aspects of immigration policy and law can be found on the Home Office website 

If you have any questions on the above, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to email the ECB directly.

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ECB Club Support

The ECB have set up a resource base to support clubs as they look to develop a gateway to the self-help support resources available to help cricket clubs meet the ever changing demands and challenges they face.

 

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