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Foxes hold first Virtual Members’ Forum

Leicestershire County Cricket Club (LCCC) held its first ever Virtual Members’ Forum (VMF) yesterday evening, an event that brought together the Board of Directors, Head Coach Paul Nixon, Members, sponsors, stakeholders and staff.

In these difficult times with the coronavirus, LCCC feels that communication is more important than ever and are committed to maintaining our engagement with our members.

The VMF began with an introduction from Chair Mehmooda Duke MBE DL, a word from incoming Chief Executive Officer Sean Jarvis, an update from Paul Nixon and Russell Spiers on professional and recreational cricket respectively, an appraisal of the financial situation from Director Steve Kind and some insight from LCCC legend Jonathan Agnew.

The second half of the meeting saw some questions put to the panel, which covered a wide range of topics from there being no cricket until at least July 1, the fitness and wellbeing of players, fixture scheduling, Membership, major events such as concerts, and the general financial picture.

There was also some discussion regarding the club’s AGM and the possibility of holding a Virtual AGM depending on the situation in the coming weeks. LCCC will continue to take guidance from Government regulations, look at its own governance and seek legal advice if necessary. Any decision that is taken will ensure that safety is at the forefront.

Leicestershire CCC Chairman Mehmooda Duke MBE DL said: “It is more important than ever for us as a club to communicate with our Members.

“I’m delighted that we could host the first VMF to provide important updates to our members and keep our lines of communication open. I’d like to personally thank Jonathan Agnew for joining the forum to share his thoughts on what might happen over the coming weeks.”

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the event, it was good to see so many people on screen. We look forward to continuing our engagement with Members when we host our third Members’ Forum this year on June 8 at 7pm.”

Incoming Leicestershire CCC Chief Executive Officer Sean Jarvis said: “It was fantastic to see so many of our Members join the club’s first VMF where they could engage with the board members by asking questions.

“Although times are difficult, I’d like to reiterate that the board and staff members are working extremely hard behind the scenes to ensure the club is operational and in the best position possible for when cricket can resume. For now, we hope everyone associated to the club remains safe and well, while staying at home.”

The club received positive feedback from Members, including Steve Mumford, who said: “It was a very useful session, thanks for setting it up.” John Mallett added: “It was excellent, well done everyone, it was well worth doing this.” Tim Day said: “Many thanks to the club for this. A successful first foray this evening into online Members’ conferencing!”

LCCC would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated. We are working to make this forum a regular occurrence with the next meeting due to take place on Monday, June 8 at 7pm. The exact location of this will be confirmed closer to the time.

The club is currently working closely with ECB and will continue to communicate with Members, sponsors and stakeholders as soon as any further news regarding the 2020 cricket season is available.