Club Statement – COVID-19 Update

We have recently received an enquiry from one our long standing and respected members over what measures
the Club Officers have been considering / implementing in respect of lockdown – the effect of finances, phase
return to ‘new normal’, membership renewals, purchase of necessary protective materials / equipment and future
patterns of usage including training.

 

The communication has prompted the need to provide anyone with a vested interest in FCC an update on
actions being undertaken and delivered. Hopefully we can offer you some positive reassurances. Detailed
discussions and decisions, prior to and during lockdown have involved regular dialogue between Club Officers,
including Monday morning Zoom meetings! Our priority has been to safe-guard the future viability of FCC at a
time of no income-like the majority of small/medium sized businesses we are totally dependent on generating
sufficient revenue to achieve and maintain sustainability.

 

In this knife edge situation, we have pursued all avenues to secure funds via Central and Local Government,grants, loans, schemes, holiday exemption’s-rates, vat etc.
All our contracted staff team, with the exception of one of our ground staff, have been furloughed. We made the
decision to provide a basic level of grounds maintenance for our 9.93-acre site, and have managed to secure a
Sport England emergency fund grant, ring-fenced to this particular spend.
When we are given appropriate guidance from Central Government, and Sports Governing Bodies such as the
ECB, Bowls England, you will be kept updated on proposals for a phased return to activity.
Issues around membership subscriptions and use of facilities will of course be considered. However, there is no
clear movement concerning any form of immediate return, because no recreational cricket is planned until at
least 1 July and Boris has given us no indication on the re-opening of Pubs and Clubs.
Unfortunately, we need to flag up one negative aspect. Despite some easing up of lockdown restrictions by
Boris including exercise, return to work, etc., we need to give out the clear and unambiguous message that the
Cricket Club is closed. Any member and their guests who decide to use our Wobaston Road campus like a
neighborhood park seriously compromises not only site security but our insurance cover. We will not give our
tacit approval to any form of casual use of facilities and if it becomes necessary will ask West Midlands Police to
remove individuals/groups from the site.
Times are increasingly frustrating but please do not allow this type of practice to develop.

 

Should anyone have any further questions please feel free to contact Mike Mandzuk (Vice Chairman) by email at mike@fordhousescricketclub.co.uk

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