Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club

Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club

Incorporating Stratford Bards

2021 Fixtures Released

Following a disrupted 2020 season, Stratford CC hopes for a more normal summer of cricket this year!

The 1st and 2nd XIs will be competing in the Warwickshire Cricket League, Premier Div and Div 4 respectively, whilst the 3rd XI will be in Div 4 of the Cotswold Hills League.

Fixtures for our 3 teams can be downloaded here.

Junior Cricket in 2021

The England and Wales Cricket Board has published guidance for the safe return of cricket and we will be running our junior training sessions with appropriate COVID procedures in place. Training sessions will take place on Friday evenings at Swans Nest Lane, starting on 23rd April. School years 3 to 6 will train from 5:00pm to 6:15pm and school years 7 to 12 will train from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Please contact for further information and to book your place.

We will be running the All Stars programme for 5 – 8 year olds on Wednesday evenings at 5:00pm from 12th May – 30th June. All Stars provides younger players with a fun introduction to cricket and you can make a booking for your child(ren) via the ECB website here.

Net sessions now available

Club nets are now available to book for hourly slots by club members. You can find a link to the booking form on the club WhatsApp group or in the recent email (the form also includes the code for the padlocks, which may be changed from time to time).

Before booking or attending nets, please read this important information to ensure the safety of yourself and others.

Please see the below email from our chairman:

As you will no doubt be aware, the ECB have issued guidelines for the re-opening of practice nets.

The Club has decided to open up one of our nets which can be used by you, but only strictly in accordance with the attached regulations.

These may seem restrictive, but they simply comply with guidance issued to us by both the ECB and the Government and also with common sense. Please adhere to them at all times. Should this facility be abused then we will be forced to close it immediately. The committees of both the Cricket Club and the Sports Club have statutory liabilities and owe a duty of care to those using our facilities, and we are not prepared to put such liabilities at risk.

I hope that you can all now enjoy the great weather with a bat or ball in your hand and work hard on those skills that you will need just as soon as we are allowed to put them into practice again.

All the best, and enjoy yourselves – responsibly of course!!
Nick Abell

Chairman’s May Update

It is the beginning of May, the weather has been pretty good of late and there is still no sign of any cricket – only some great old footage on the television. Our sports club remains closed and it is hard to assess just when or if we will be allowed to play in 2020.

The committees of both the sports club and the cricket section have been working very hard to ensure the safety and security of not only our buildings and grounds, but also our finances. None of this is easy and like most businesses and individuals, this time of crisis is presenting some really stiff challenges that threaten our very existence.

In particular, your cricket club needs to continue to maintain its grounds even though we cannot use them. We were already recovering from the effect of the autumn flood to our playing surface and some of our equipment. We have been fortunate enough to secure some flood reparations focussed funding from Sport England and the ECB, but that very much related to the effects of flooding. We have recently submitted an application to Sport England’s Emergency Community Fund, set up to support Covid-19 related hardship, but to expect a favourable response, particularly in light of the recent flood fund award, would be foolhardy.

Based upon the guidance we have received from the ECB and taking account of unavoidable expenditure, we have set a budget for this season assuming that we end up playing no cricket at all, which is the least costly of all of the possibilities for this year. A short season will increase our outgoings significantly, while the only income we are going to receive is
from subscriptions, donations and grant aid. Sponsorship, match fees and effective fund raising events are expected to be well below last year, for obvious reasons. Based on these assumptions, the Club shows a projected deficit for the year of just over £1,000 but this relies on a significant number of membership fees being paid.

I wrote to you all a few weeks ago encouraging you all to pay your subscriptions, even though the likelihood of playing cricket was receding all the time. The need for you to do this is to ensure that we have both a cricket club and a sports club to come back to next season. The maintenance of these facilities and the club infrastructure is not something that can just be turned on and off when needed, and there is a significant element of
needing members to stand by their club in a time of crisis, much as the rest of the world is doing in a host of contexts.

I am pleased to say that a number of you have renewed your memberships and I am very grateful to you for that. I know that for a few this has not been the easiest thing to do set against personal financial uncertainty, but your generosity in such circumstances has shown admirable and highly appreciated commitment. However, about three quarters of our members and VPs have not so far renewed.

The reason for writing to you today is to extend my thanks to those who have already paid but also to urge those that have not to please do so. This is a time when we must all come together as owners of our club and its challenges, not simply abandon it and return when it suits us. Over the last couple of seasons I have seen a real resurgence of club spirit but what
is happening now is really putting that to the test.

I understand that for some this is just too big an ask in these difficult times, so please do not feel unduly pressured by my request. For others who do have the ability to pay, then please do join the number of your friends who have already done so. Your support at this time will not be forgotten in the seasons to come.

I wish all of you and your families the very best of health and luck and look forward to seeing you all sooner rather than later this summer.

Nick Abell
Stratford upon Avon CC

Chairman’s March Update

You may well have heard that the ECB has issued a directive that all recreational cricket, training and coaching is to be suspended until further notice. We are anticipating some guidance from both of the
leagues in which we compete.

Whilst this is a great shame it was what we expected and pales into insignificance against the crisis that is facing us all.

It is not possible to guess just when and if we will be able to play or watch cricket this summer but we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you advised.

Of course, we are approaching the time for renewing annual subscriptions. Whilst we may not be allowed to engage in our summer sport for the time being, some overheads cannot be avoided by either us or the sports club and of course, the grass continues to grow.

I will be sitting down with the Committee (virtually speaking!) to review existing budget planning for the season. We will be assessing discretionary expenditure against costs we can defer or cancel. What is clear is that with reduced income from sponsorship, match fees and social events, we will be reliant on membership subscriptions, the single most important income stream for the Club.

I very much hope that you will renew your membership if you can and play your part in ensuring that we have a strong and healthy club ready to resume the sport we love when we emerge from the Covid19 pandemic.

I do appreciate that some of you may be affected more than others by the current crisis. We are a club brought together by a shared love of cricket and we are, and should be, a close community ready to help each other. If anyone connected with the club wishes to share any worries or other issues, please do not hesitate to make contact.

Every best wish

Nick Abell
Chairman Stratford CC

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