How does the Covid-19 outbreak affect Cricket Groundcare?
Firstly, lots of people have been getting in touch about this and it is important to emphasise that we ,at Cricket World, believe that looking after and maintaining all sports facilities for the physical and mental wellbeing of people, in all our communities, is paramount. Having said that, this must be done within the Government Guidelines set out with regard to social distancing and working practices.
Secondly, not many people will understand the complexities of maintaining a cricket square (or a bowling green) or understand why this work is essential. It will be important to educate our communities in that there very specific things that need to be done in their preparation, at very specific times and with an eye to the weather – it is important for people to know that if this work is not done the facilities will not be able to be used for a considerable period thereafter.
Thirdly, as far as we know, at present, you can work to maintain your facilities within the Government guidelines and your employers guidelines regarding keeping a safe distance etc (most of you work in isolation anyway) – as we understand it, there will be announcements from the Sport’s Governing Bodies soon and the Institute of Groundmanship on various matters.
Are you a cricket groundcare individual or contractor for a cricket club or school?
It is important to establish your income for the work you are doing as a contractor or a volunteer, so that you have the means to provide your service – contact the club or school you work for and speak to them about your contract and budgets set aside for this work.
Can I continue working?
Yes, as far as we know, at present, you can work to maintain your facilities within the Government Guidelines, and your employers guidelines, regarding keeping a safe distance etc (most of you work in isolation anyway) – as I understand it, there will be announcements from the Sports Governing Bodies soon and the Institute of Groundmanship on various matters.
It is important to reiterate that looking after and maintaining all sports facilities is for the mental and physical well-being of people in all of our communities.
Please do take instruction from your Club committee as there will be other factors involved in the maintenance programme ( such as has your landlord given their permission, if you have leased ground etc) - the Club committee should be contact with your League and County Grounds Association, who in turn will be guided by the ECB etc.
We will be inviting input from the Groundcare Industry including individuals, companies and organisations for guidance for groundsmen and women as we go along and posting any updates.
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