Return to Cricket: Update

Dear Members, It had been hoped that, as from Monday 6th July, Gala CC would provide members the opportunity to use the net facilities in line with the guidance laid down by Cricket Scotland, Sport Scotland and the Scottish Government. However, a few problems remain to be solved before everything is in place and training can commence. The nets will probably be erected on Saturday 4th July but the matting surfaces have to be repaired. The latter job is weather dependent, so there may be a delay until the current unsettled spell passes and we can make progress. It is hugely exciting to be able to get back to cricket and the Committee wish to thank everyone for their patience during what has been a very trying time. We now have to make sure that everyone using Meigle Park is safe and so the club has laid down a range of rules which must be followed at all times to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Initially, the clubhouse will remain closed and the grounds will only be accessible to grounds staff and those that have booked a ‘slot’ to practice. Practice will be limited to one-hour session initially and each participant can only take part in one session per day. Senior Training (Over 16s) Sessions will be limited to three households at one time, up to a maximum of eight people. These can be booked during any of the free slots that will be posted on the Cricket Club Facebook. It is hoped that training will be available every evening from Monday to Thursday. Each session will require the presence of a Covid Monitor (details to follow) who could be a participant at the session. Junior Training (11-16 years old) The club will provide structured sessions during the day under the supervision of a qualified coach. These will be limited to participants from two households. The times available for this will be published online and can be booked through Stuart Skeldon. Coaches will act as Covid Monitors for junior sessions. No spectators will be allowed during sessions unless this is necessary for the supervision of the juniors. Family sessions Outwith the times above, the club will be available to be booked for families to be able to practice in the nets or on the outfield in line under the strict guidelines that will follow soon. We will issue further messages as soon as we can. Thanks for your patience, Mike Halls CHAIRMAN

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