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COVID-19 message to members

Update from ECB and Surrey (13 June 2020)

The England & Wales Cricket Board has released its Roadmap for the Return of Recreational Cricket, which has been passed on to us by Surrey Cricket Foundation.

There are no firm dates, but we’re cricketers and we’re good at waiting…

To all our senior members and parents/carers of our junior members (8th May 2020)

Dear all,

It’s May, and in any other year we would have seen the first senior league games being played, the junior training and matches well under way, and the women’s squad at their tournament in La Manga. Alas, 2020 is not a normal year, but we hope that you are all still managing to stay active, maybe do some backyard cricket, and most importantly are staying safe and well.

What’s new since our previous update

First and foremost, we would like to express our gratitude to those members who have paid or continue to pay their fees – thank you. We value your continued support which is helping to give the club more security for the months ahead, whatever they may hold.

We have managed to secure a grant of £10,000 from Southwark Council, as well as negotiated a 3-month rent deferral from our landlord. We are continuing to explore other support that might be available to the club. On the downside, our insurers have confirmed we are not covered for this type of event under our business interruption cover.

So despite the bad news of no cricket being possible at present, in line with Government and ECB guidance, we do have a better understanding of where the club is financially – and thankfully it’s not in the darkest of places. However, significant challenges remain and we are still keen to support those who are financially reliant on the club for their income where we can.

Our continued request to you

Our rent is only deferred so will still need to be paid, and the Southwark grant does not cover all our remaining fixed club expenses.

As members you own the club, and we hope that those of you who are able will continue to support it through these difficult times where you can. So our request to you remains please for:

  • Senior members: If you can, please pay your annual membership as normal (in one go or instalments). Details of how to pay are on the mens’ cricket and women’s cricket pages.
  • Parents of junior members: If you can, please continue to pay instalments of the summer term fee as normal.

As mentioned in the previous email, should it not be possible to put on any meaningful cricket this season, we will consult with you about ways to compensate you for payments already made. This could include refunds at a later date this year, rolling-over of fees to 2021, or if you’re able to, you could donate your fee to the club. We will develop a full plan when the future of the season will become clearer. 

As soon as the relevant bodies allow, we will do whatever we can to make up for any lost cricket this summer such as putting on extra matches for seniors in September and extending the 12-week junior training block beyond the current scheduled dates.  

We recognise that some of you will have been financially affected by the lockdown. If you have already paid or partially paid your membership or your child’s summer fee and your personal situation is such that you need to request a refund now, we will provide this as soon as we can.

As a club and community we need to be supportive of each other, so this will have no impact on your rights as a returning member next year.

In the meantime

Please keep an eye out (email and Facebook) for a notification of our upcoming virtual social event, and there are some updated home cricket activities for juniors on the SMCC Juniors website.

We look forward to seeing everyone playing cricket again at the club as soon as we possibly can.

Stay safe, look out for one another, and let us know if there is anything we can help you with.

Very best wishes,

The SMCC executive committee