Cricket Scotland is delighted to announce the resumption of local inter-club fixtures (both adult and junior), subject to certain restrictions, with effect from Monday 10th August 2020. Cricket Scotland is grateful to the Scottish Government and sportscotland for their help in, and approval of, this very positive step.
Detailed guidance appears on the Cricket Scotland website which must be followed. The key issues for clubs to consider, over and above those applying to the current intra club games, in playing local inter-club fixtures include: –
- Recording of all participants’ contact details
- travel to and from the ground: and
- minimising any group gatherings before, during and after the match.
Additionally, club players and officials are encouraged to read this short online e-learning course which provides general information on staying safe and specific information on inter-club fixtures. The course can be found here.
The expectation is that the matches will be played within localised clusters of clubs – some matches of that nature have already been provisionally arranged by the Regional Associations or by clubs themselves. The opportunity exists, under the guidance, for clubs which are some distance from others to play matches but subject to the specific travel requirements laid down. The Regional Associations are able to advise clubs on the extent of localised clusters.
Clubs are reminded that the club and members must be aware of and able to adapt to changes in guidance at short notice, for example, in the event of a local lockdown.
Clearly this resumption is hugely welcome but it must take place with suitable caution in the continuing pandemic, particularly in the light of fresh outbreaks in certain parts of the country.
Special guidance is being considered by the relevant Regional Associations and Cricket Scotland for clubs in Aberdeen itself and will be communicated in the next few days.