Over the last month Cricket Ireland have been developing a set of “Return to Training” protocols.

These protocols were presented to both Sport Ireland and Sport NI and were approved on Thursday 4th June.

The protocols allow a phased return to cricket training but under very strict controls.

A working group was set up to review the documents and begin to build out an implementation plan for the club.

Key Steps

- Appointment of a Covid officer who will undergo formal training and act as the knowledge base for the implementation of the protocols

- The appointment of a Covid committee containing the main club officers supported by a number of members with specific skills helpful in this particular situation

Alan Waite (Chairman)
Alan Nelson (Vice Chairman)
Lee Nelson (Club Captain)
Andrew Beattie (Secretary)
Mark Fitzpatrick (Treasurer)
Charlotte Lyons (Covid Officer)
Peter Hanna
Phil Eaglestone
Neale Matthews
Wayne McMeekin

- Allocation of a NCU club support person – Uel Graham Cricket Operations Manager

- A formal risk assessment has been carried out to ensure that the club takes all available steps to mitigate any risks

- Formal review of the risk assessment by the NCU club support person

- installation of the necessary signage and sanitation materials

- The implementation of a formal booking system for use of the training facilities

- The process of santitation before, during and after sessions

- All participants proposing to take part in training must complete a signed declaration before taking part in every session

- All paperwork must be retained in case it is needed for contact tracing purposes

- It is expected that the first session will take place on Saturday 20th June.

Initial sessions will be for the 1st and 2nd XI’s only until a working routine has been established and a further plan developed for the women’s and youth teams

****No casual visitors will be permitted entry to the ground while the sessions are going on****

As the women and youth teams both contain members all or some of whom are under 16, parents or guardians must be present during sessions. This is not practical at the moment because of the limit on the number of people that can be in the ground at any one time. Hopefully as societal restrictions ease we will be able to expand the scale of what we can do.

- The pavilion remains closed at all times.

We are still some way off the possibility of a return to competitive cricket but at least the afore mentioned steps begins to create some initial activity and get our players back into training.

There will be a NCU meeting with clubs on Thursday 18th June to discuss format of games should restrictions be lifted further at the end of July.

If anyone has any questions or concerns please contact me at any time.


Alan Waite