Use of Nets During Lockdown
Following detailed discussions and careful
planning over the past few days, the club committee has now
approved proposals for making the nets at Blackheath
available for limited use by club members in compliance with
ECB Guidelines and on the basis set out below. Nets are only
available by advance booking and a club supervisor must be
present at all times.
Nets only available for paid up Blackheath CC members
Both for insurance reasons and for reasons of fairness, the
club nets are only being made available for use by paid up
Blackheath club members. The vast majority of last year’s
members have already re-joined and paid a sub, and most
junior squads are full. However, if you are U14 or older and
were a member last year, and have not yet paid a sub for
2020, you can use the nets if you now register and pay the
applicable minimum playing sub (£60 for men and boys and £50
for women and girls). When it becomes clearer how much of a
cricket season will in fact be possible, the position on
subs will be reviewed for all members.
Persons who may use the nets
A single net may be used either by members of the same
household or by a maximum of 2 individuals from different
households. Nets are also available for pre-booked 1:1
coaching sessions. Individuals can use a net on their own,
but the bowling machine may only be used by special
arrangement, as there must be time for the machine and all
balls used to be cleaned thoroughly between uses (requests
should be made in advance to Ronny Harrison: contact details
To ensure social distancing, only 2 of the 3 artificial nets
at Blackheath will be available for use. In future, it is
planned that 2 additional grass nets will also be available
at certain times (e.g. weekends), either side of the square.
However, this is subject to the availability of sufficient
The available nets will generally be available for booking
between 10am-1pm and 2pm-8pm. One net will be reserved at
certain times for 1:1 coaching sessions, with any slots not
required for those sessions being released for online
booking for general use the previous morning. The nets will
be closed outside these times.
Conditions of use
The nets may only be used if the new Rules [insert link] for
the use of the nets are complied with. A copy of the rules
is posted at the nets.
Most importantly, you may not use the nets if you or a
member of your household has symptoms of coronavirus; you
must keep at least 2 metres from others who are not from the
same household; you must wash your hand thoroughly before
and after using the nets; and you must bring your own
equipment. Hand sanitiser will be made available at the
nets. The pavilion will not be open, and there will be no
access to toilets.
Booking a net for general use
Nets may be booked for general use via a new booking system
which can be found at
https://blackheath.skedda.com. The nets may be booked in
50-minute slots starting on the hour, with 10-minute breaks
between slots to ensure social distancing. All sessions must
finish promptly at 10 minutes to the hour, so if the
changeover takes longer than 10 minutes, the following
session will last less than 50 minutes.
Sessions must be booked a minimum of 12 hours in advance (so
unless you get up early it will only be possible to make
bookings for the following day). We will initially allow
bookings to be made up to 10 days in advance, though this is
subject to review.
We will not initially restrict the number of slots a member
may book, however we ask everyone to exercise discretion and
if someone is booking too many slots we may limit them in
the interests of fairness. If someone books a slot and then
does not turn up without good reason, their right to book
future slots may be affected.
Booking 1:1 coaching sessions
1:1 coaching sessions for juniors are by arrangement with
Ronny or Danny Harrison: for further details, see
will also take place strictly in accordance with the ECB
guidelines and the Blackheath CC Rules.
To book a 1:1 coaching session, please contact Ronny
07341 813723; or Danny
(email@example.com); 07760 665222. When a
booking is made, Danny or Ronny will then reserve a net as
Volunteers to act as club supervisors
We have identified a small number of persons willing to act
as club supervisors initially. However, it will be necessary
to have 2 supervisors on site if additional grass nets are
to be made available, and we will need to put in place a
rota system involving additional volunteer supervisors.
Supervisors will be expected to oversee transitions between
sessions, carry out necessary cleaning of equipment and
ensure social distancing rules and sanitation procedures are
If you would be willing in principle to act as a volunteer
supervisor as part of a rota system, please contact the club
welfare officer, Alexandra Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org),
who will give you further information about what is
involved. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
A First Aid certificate is desirable but not essential.