Chalfont St Peter CC News story

Cricket nets can be booked for the weekend 22nd to 25th May

17 May 2020

Players and Parents

Following the relaxation in the Government’s lockdown rules the English Cricket Board (ECB) have now issued guidelines on how cricket nets can be used safely and in compliance with those rules.  We are therefore planning to make 3 nets available for use from 2pm to 8pm on Friday 22nd May, and 10am until 8pm on Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th and Monday 25th.  If all goes smoothly and in compliance with the Government rules and ECB guidelines we will look to open them again for parts of half-term.

To enable social distancing to be maintained at all times, the nets need to be booked on a first come first served basis at a cost of £5 per session.  One net will be one of the fixed nets and the other two will be placed 2 metres apart back to back on the artificial wicket. Nets can be booked for sessions on 50 minutes at a time to enable sanitising between sessions, with staggered start times for the 3 nets to avoid accidental interaction between groups.  Groups can only be people from the same household or a maximum of two people from two separate households.  In addition, Future Legends are offering 1 to 1 coaching sessions for an additional fee in one of the nets from 2-6pm.

Bookings can be made through this link here (not case sensitive):

  • Click Chalfont St Peter CC
  • Choose whichever day(s) you want
  • Click on the session(s) you want
  • Complete the form – the player/applicants phone number  has to be a landline (quirk of the system)
  • Pay – the system takes the money from the bank account – not a card. It is taken in the form of a direct debit – do not worry it will only take one payment. 

In total there are 100 slots available to book. Block bookings of several hours are not permitted and abuse of the system may lead to people being banned. Conversely if there are large gaps between bookings we may ask you to change your time to avoid the administrator having to wait around.

Why are we charging?

  1. The sessions have to be overseen by an administrator to ensure social distancing rules are maintained and to sanitise the nets between sessions. The fee will cover this cost.
  2. Nets can only be used by members of the club to ensure that our insurance cover applies. A small part of the fee goes to the club to enable people to be a temporary member.  If and when we open for the season membership fees will be pro-rated accordingly.

Additional things to note

  1. The clubhouse will not be open, so there will be no toilet facilities
  2. No kit will be provided so you will need to provide your own
  3. There will be a takeaway tea and coffee facility through the Kitchen hatch
  4. The nets will not be open outside of the booking times published.  Any unauthorised use outside the published times will be at the users own risk and not covered by the club insurance. Such use may cause us to close the nets again to the detriment of everybody else.

The following rules for the users of the nets are published by the ECB and are largely a reiteration of the Government guidelines: 

  • Do not attend if you or anyone in your household displays symptoms or your household is currently in isolation.
  • Personal hygiene measures should be carried out at home before and after use of the facility.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible. If this isn’t possible wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after visiting the club.
  • Travel together as a household.
  • Avoid public transport.
  • Try not to arrive too early, aim to arrive at the start of your slot to help with social distancing.
  • Bring your own playing/training equipment including balls.
  • Bring your own filled drinking bottles.
  • Avoid touching as much as possible whilst on club premises.
  • Do not overstay your allocated time slot, you should be clear of the area by the time the next users arrive. Do not stay to socialise.
  • If bowling machines are used, please ensure they are cleaned thoroughly between uses with dry-cleaning products and that all balls used are cleaned with disinfectant. This is the responsibility of the bowling machine operator.
  • Do not leave private property behind.
  • No spitting.
  • No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.
  • As always, the health and safety of participants is paramount - please ensure those using the nets minimise the risk of injury (wear helmets, pads etc). As well as response times being delayed this is vital to avoid any additional stress on the NHS.
  • The batsman needs to be wearing gloves so that they can return the ball to the bowler without touching the ball
  • Encourage all users to report any infection of their household following use of the facility to allow effective contact tracing and to limit the spread of the virus.

If you have any questions please contact Murray Scott or Ian Williams