COVID-19 Clubs and leagues update from ECB 25th April

History

Following the formation of the Southern League (SL) in 1969, a general inquiry in 1970 initiated by Noel Fisher showed a widespread interest among clubs tired of the surfeit of draws in ‘friendly’ cricket and looking for a competitive edge with rewards, in the form of promotion, for success.

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Ruth Strauss Foundation – 26 Challenge

The Ruth Strauss Foundation is taking part in a nationwide charity campaign, the #twopointsixchallenge to raise money for charities that are struggling to survive in this uncertain time.

The 26 ball tap challenge set by Sir Andrew Strauss, invites the cricket family to get a bat and ball – or orange and saucepan – and tap it up 26 times!

Film your effort, share it using #RSF26Challenge and get your friends and family involved. Most importantly, if you are able, please donate to the Ruth Strauss Foundation cause during this difficult time.

The Ruth Strauss Foundation is also showing a live 26 minute YouTube Family Fitness Show on Sunday 26th April at 11am, hosted by Piers Morgan where all families are invited to take part. Piers will be joined by sporting legends including: Sir Andrew Strauss, Freddie Flintoff, Clare Balding, David Haye, Kevin Pietersen, Jamie Redknapp, Tim Henman and Will Greenwood and the event will include the UK’s biggest #RSF26Challenge.

Join live via the RSF YouTube page hereACT NOW to save the UK’s charities

ECB Announces Additional Delay to Professional Game

The ECB today announced an additional delay to the professional game in England and Wales. In line with government advice, the recreational game remains suspended until further notice.

ECB Emergency Support Programmes

Last week we shared with you details of the ECB Emergency Loan Scheme and Return to Cricket Grant Scheme for clubs and Leagues. Details can be found here.

If you have any questions regarding these schemes, please contact the relevant email below:

England and Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT) Interest Free Loan Scheme

The EWCT Interest Free Loan Scheme remains open to eligible clubs providing finance for capital projects (including machinery).

If your club wishes to apply, please visit the ECB website to download an Expression of Interest Form.

This scheme is separate to the Emergency Loan Scheme and is not administered through ECB’s Investment Management System.

Spacehive Fundraising during COVID-19

To support the Grants and Loan Schemes which were launched last week, we are delighted to share with you an update in relation to our crowdfunding initiative with Spacehive. Whilst historically, the Spacehive initiative was only available to Dynamos Cricket clubs, we have now opened this to all clubs and will be providing all clubs who raise £100 towards supporting with COVID-19 activities with a further £100.

The Opportunity:  

  • Create a crowdfunding campaign on Spacehive to support your club during the COVID-19 crisis (if clubs still wish to raise for future Dynamos projects as originally anticipated that offer is still available)
  • ECB will help get your campaign off to a flying start by pledging £100 as soon as your campaign goes live
  • Raise at least £100 more to lock in the ECB pledge

How it works:

  • Sign up to the Spacehive platform here.
  • Set up your crowdfunding page by Thursday 14th May. The Spacehive team will be on hand to guide you through this process.
  • The ECB pledge will appear as soon as your campaign is live.
  • Run your crowdfunding campaign throughout May and June.
  • Receive the money you raise in your bank by end of June.

Clubs already using Spacehive:  

You can either continue with your existing campaign and ring fence the funds for the Dynmaos Cricket programme when it happens, or you can start a new campaign around supporting the club during the COVID-19 crisis. The ECB can only pledge £100 to your centre once, either to the Dynamos Cricket campaign or the COVID-19 campaign.

Community Amateur Sports Clubs

We are aware that many Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) and charities have suspended the collection of membership subscriptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic but some individuals are making voluntary donations instead in order to support their club.

It is worthwhile reminding you that that there is no barrier to Gift Aid being claimed on such donations, provided they are freely given, no benefits arise in consequence of that specific donation (either now or in the future) or, if provided, they fall within the legislative limits, and a Gift Aid Declaration is obtained.

In circumstances where clubs have reduced their subscription rate, any amounts freely donated over and above this reduced amount would also potentially be eligible for Gift Aid. In all cases it must made clear to the members that the amounts voluntarily given by them are not subscriptions, carry no subscription rights and will be treated as donations on which the CASC or charity will claim Gift Aid.

The personal tax implications of making a Gift Aid donation will also need to be explained to donors.