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by Colin Mico & Cricket World Wednesday 27 May 2020
It has been the most difficult question to answer, but with the recent positive Government steps towards a more normal life whilst we are continuing to battle the virus, our thoughts need to turn to “How can we make this happen?”, and I would like to explore how Aston Lark can help you on this road to recovery.
I think that there are two distinct areas of help – outline the practical changes discussed by clubs to respect Government Medical advice, and highlight the way in which your insurance policy should respond during this period.
Dealing with the practical side first of all, the impact of sport on physical and mental wellbeing is well documented, and I believe that the Government encouragement to people to spend more time exercising can be drawn into our collective plans to protect the game that we all love.
As the ECB have confirmed, they are exploring all areas with the DCMS to see how cricket can be played during June, July and onwards.
They have continued to recommend that cricket activities be suspended until these discussions conclude – however, I think it is worth clubs themselves considering the advice coming both from Public Health England and Department for Education (for primary and secondary schools), and formulate their own ideas ahead of further announcements.
With so many ECB & County Board staff on furlough for the foreseeable future, resources are already stretched, and I am sure that they would appreciate any ideas that we would have.
With the caveat of all the medical indicators moving in right direction, surely whatever advice is given to primary schools regarding their reopening on 1st June, could be used by clubs to help them formulate plans for junior practice in the same month?
It should not be a difficult exercise to incorporate social distancing within U11s practice given that spacing is already a major consideration. Numbers using nets could be reduced to 6 persons per lane, and only alternate lanes used. I am sure that you have ideas that you could add to my short list.
Cricket World have been running a campaign on how to get cricket going again, and you can find the articles on these links:
They would also welcome any ideas that you may have.
Moving on to the insurance aspects, it is important that your policy covers your activities anywhere in the UK, given that you may be forced to train away from your main ground.
It is also important that as the demand for use of facilities grows as part of the Government encouragement of families to exercise together, that there is a system to approve the use of your nets etc, so that any subsequent liabilities fall under your policy.
As well as advising on the above, we can also help you ensure that you only have the relevant covers in place, until the club is fully open – we have trimmed back cover & cost for our existing clients with the proviso that once Clubs start their operations we can add to the cover in line with their exposures.
I hope that you have found this interesting.
We look after hundreds of clubs up and down the country just like yours, and we are only too happy to try to help you at this most difficult time – whether it is helping you find less costly insurance, talking about current sources of funding, or just the practicalities of the “New Normal”.
Why don’t you give me a call today and let’s see how we can help you salvage some cricket this season.
Let’s make cricket the Winner!
Colin Mico, FCII Account Executive Cricket Clubs Team T: 01883 868521 M: 07833 461642 E: [email protected] W: www.astonlark.com A: 3rd Floor, Simpson House, 6 Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6BA