2020 Community Summary
2020 began with a flurry of activity, our Girls County Age Group and EPP, the Foxes Development Programme and The MCC Foundation Hub sessions were all running with Great attendance.
We were planning to grow the All Stars Cricket Programme along with the inception of the new Dynamos Cricket programme in clubs across the county. We had Lord’s Taverners ‘Wicketz’ delivery and the Chance to Shine ‘School’ and ‘Street’ sessions were thriving and we were gearing up to run the indoor Cricket finals at Crown Hills Community College in Early March. We had begun to train some 30 level 2 coaches and over 40 foundation 1 coaches and were readying ourselves to train more All Stars Cricket Activators.
When the year began, we could not have foreseen the impact that Coronavirus (Covid-19) would have on recreational sport, in March all our delivery had to cease as the game played its part in the fight against the pandemic.
As funding was made available, those in the LCCC Community Team who were not furloughed, focused efforts on supporting the club network to remain afloat and to prepare for when cricket could resume. Funding webinars and engagement ideas were shared to ensure clubs had as much information as possible. We have supported clubs to collectively access more than £600,000 in funding.
Cricket then began to make a return in the form of small group training. In July, Cricket matches were permitted as part of the ECB 5 step phased return to cricket. We were once again on hand to support clubs, with risk assessments and interpreting the ECB return to cricket guidance. While it was important for cricket to return, it was even more important that everything possible was done to keep the game as safe as it could be with clubs being asked to adopt strict protocols.
We saw clubs display incredible patience and resolve to ensure they were ready to play and with continued measures imposed in Leicester City and other parts of the county, it meant many cricketers across the county had to wait longer to return to cricket.
Our leagues returned to running an adapted programme of fixtures to ensure the cricket faithful could resume the sport they love. Junior cricket was incredibly well received as the first activity many were able to return to.
The LCCC girl’s county age group programme returned, and we were able to fulfil fixtures and training sessions. Maintaining the engagement levels with these groups. This was vital as we strive for an increase in the number of women and girls involved in the game.
We’ve made great strides in engaging the diverse communities across Leicester through working with Leicester City Council and the South Asian Strategy Group. We are delighted to see the construction of a brand-new high specification ground at St Oswald’s Road, which will see another club return to playing cricket within the city boundary. This is an exciting development in increasing the number of opportunities for people from Leicester City to take up our great game.
We now look forward with exciting plans for 2021, hopeful of a more settled year, positive upturn in levels of activity and an increase in events delivered through the newly launched LCCC Foundation.
We have coaching courses planned for each of the first four months of the year, the girl’s county age group winter programme is planned to commence in January and our clubs are being contacted to prepare for delivering All Stars & Dynamos cricket programmes.
Our ambition to transform women and girls cricket is well under way and will continue as we look to further grow the number of clubs catering for women and girls.
We thank the Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket Network for their part in protecting the game during 2020 and wish everyone a safe and restful Festive period.
We look forward to working with you in the new year.