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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

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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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23 November 2017

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ECB would like to invite all clubs to enter into the Royal London Club Championship 2018. Entry into the competition will be done online by clickinghere.

The entry for next season’s competition will be £60 if paying by BACS and £65 if paying by cheque, details of how to pay are below. All entries and payment must be received no later than Friday 1st December 2017. Any entries received after this date may only be considered if the draw is not already full.

We are once again limited by the busy summer schedule to a competition of just 8 rounds; therefore only 256 clubs can enter.

The dates for rounds in the Royal London Club Championship in 2018 are:

Round

Date

One

Sunday 22nd April 

Two

Sunday 13tht May 

Three

Sunday 3rd June

Four

Sunday 24th June 

Five

Sunday 15th July

Quarter Final

Sunday 5th August

Semi Final

Sunday 2nd September

Final

Sunday 23rd September

In line with the game wide strategy 'Cricket Unleashed' and the 'More Play' part of the plan, the Royal London Club Championship will move from 45 overs to 40 overs per side for the 2018 season.

The draw for each Group will be released by January 2018 at the latest and seeded based on the record of the club in the previous season both in this competition and your league. 

ECB will cover the costs of the umpires for all rounds of the competition (they will claim direct from ECB). Each host club will receive match balls for all home matches throughout the competition, please indicate on the entry form whether you would prefer to have these balls sent to your club or contact person’s home address.

The National Final will be held at a first class ground to be confirmed once the First Class Fixture List is published in December 2017 by the ECB First Class Cricket Department.

Payment

The entry fee for the competition is £60 if paying by BACS or £65 if paying by cheque. Entry into the competition will not be considered until full payment is received by ECB.

To make a payment of £60 by BACS, please use the following details:

Account Name: England & Wales Cricket Board
Account Number: 18027210
Sort Code: 60-18-20
Reference: club name (eg Norcross CC)

To make a payment of £65 by Cheque, made payable to 'England & Wales Cricket Board', please send to:

Royal London Club Championship
England and Wales Cricket Board
Lord's Cricket Ground
London
NW8 8QZ

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25 October 2017

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The Cricketer Village Cup has never been so inclusive. With significant changes to the rules more clubs than ever can enter this much-loved competition and have a chance to play in a final at Lord’s.

Changes to the qualification criteria introduced in 2017 now mean clubs situated in villages with populations of up to 10,000 and clubs playing in previously excluded premier leagues are now able to enter (although players registered to play in the premier league are not). We have also introduced an initiative allowing pupils of local schools to play in the competition. For full details of the rule changes and to see if your club is eligible to enter please click here.

From Scotland, Wales, to the tip of Cornwall and everywhere in between, villages across the county battle it out to compete at the world’s most famous cricket ground. Last year’s rule changes provided incredibly popular and we encourage interested clubs to enter as soon as possible for the 2018 competition. 

To check if your club is eligible and to enter the competition, visit our website

 

Royal London Club Championship Logo

ECB would like to invite all clubs to enter into the Royal London Club Championship 2018. Entry into the competition will be done online by clicking here.

The entry for next season’s competition will be £60 if paying by BACS and £65 if paying by cheque, details of how to pay are below. All entries and payment must be received no later than Friday 1st December 2017. Any entries received after this date may only be considered if the draw is not already full.

We are once again limited by the busy summer schedule to a competition of just 8 rounds; therefore only 256 clubs can enter.

The dates for rounds in the Royal London Club Championship in 2018 are:

Round Date Round Date
One Sunday 22 April Five Sunday 15 July
Two Sunday 13 May Quarter Final Sunday 5 August
Three Sunday 3 June Semi Final Sunday 2 September
Four Sunday 24 June Final Sunday 23 September

In line with the game wide strategy 'Cricket Unleashed' and the 'More Play' part of the plan, the Royal London Club Championship will move from 45 overs to 40 overs per side for the 2018 season.

The draw for each Group will be released by January 2018 at the latest and seeded based on the record of the club in the previous season both in this competition and your league.  

ECB will cover the costs of the umpires for all rounds of the competition (they will claim direct from ECB). Each host club will receive match balls for all home matches throughout the competition, please indicate on the entry form whether you would prefer to have these balls sent to your club or contact person’s home address.

The National Final will be held at a first class ground to be confirmed once the First Class Fixture List is published in December 2017 by the ECB First Class Cricket Department.

Payment
The entry fee for the competition is £60 if paying by BACS or £65 if paying by cheque. Entry into the competition will not be considered until full payment is received by ECB.

To make a payment of £60 by BACS, please use the following details:

Account Name - England & Wales Cricket Board Account Number - 18027210 Sort Code - 60-18-20 Reference - NCC club name (e.g. NCC Wanstead)

To make a payment of £65 by Cheque, made payable to 'England & Wales Cricket Board', please send to:

Royal London Club Championship England & Wales Cricket Board Lord's Cricket Ground London NW8 8QZ

All entry forms and payment must be received by ECB by Friday 1st December 2017.

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16 October 2017

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Please see the update from the Play-Cricket Helpdesk Team

 

Hi there,

 

We’ve made some changes to the administration home page, adding a range of buttons at the top of the screen. We've divided these options by the function you're performing, as explained below:          

           

  • During the season, ‘Day to Day’ is the place to be. This will contain results and fixture management, registrations and communications with your leagues.
  • ‘Site Management’ includes the Site Builder, Photo Gallery, Calendar and Information Board which customise the look of your site. About Us, Member Database and Messaging Groups are also included.
  • ‘Set Up’ is where you can do all your pre-season work, setting up your teams etc.
  • We have moved all the ‘Reports and Downloads’ into the same place.
  • Finally, we’ve moved the ‘Uploads’ into one place. This is where you can upload members to your database.

 

Should you have any issues or questions regarding your Play-Cricket.com site please contact the helpdesk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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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