At Cricket NSW our purpose is to inspire everyone to play and love cricket. We are committed to getting as much cricket as possible played this Summer as we recognise the benefits playing and being involved with our sport has for individuals and communities.
We were fortunate and grateful to have had many of our cricket programs and competitions go through to completion last season.
As we get closer to the 2021-22 season start, we are aware that COVID-19 continues to create some doubt and uncertainty. The actual timing of the start of the season remains conditional on relevant Public Health Orders, and this varies across our State. We are working with everyone to be ready. Early indications are that registration numbers are very strong as we all look forward to a ‘great summer of cricket’.
We are engaging regularly with the NSW Government, Sport NSW and the Office of Sport to promote the benefits of playing cricket and to understand what the Health requirements and measures mean for our sport. This will ensure that we can provide our sport in a way that is cognisant of the health and safety of our players, staff, volunteers and match officials at all levels of the game, as well as the broader community.
We are also working closely with Cricket Australia, our State & Territory colleagues and their respective governments as the planning and preparation for the 2021-22 domestic and international seasons move into the final stages. We continue to provide a safe environment for our elite players to train, whilst strictly adhering to the public health orders.
Last year, Australian Cricket released its ‘Return to Training’ and ‘Return to Play’ Covid-19 Community Cricket guidelines and supporting documentation. Australian Cricket is conducting a process of review to ensure there is alignment to State and or Territory specific requirements for our players, volunteers and administrators. To view the current Australian Cricket COVID-19 Guidelines and Resources, please click here.
Our network of Cricket NSW Community Cricket staff will continue to liaise with and support local councils, schools, the SCA, NSWDCA and Country Cricket NSW, as well as clubs and associations. If you are not currently engaging with your local Cricket NSW contact, your contact can be found via this link - Who is your local CNSW contact?.
Cricket NSW is strongly encouraging vaccinations so we can all get back on the field faster.
We have launched a player and staff initiative to get behind the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination drive by providing a $100 donation to fight skin cancer for each person who receives a vaccination. To date, close to 70% of staff members, Board Directors and players have had one dose and almost 50% are fully vaccinated. We are on track to have all our Sheffield Shield and WBBL players fully vaccinated for the start of the season.
The overall donation, with a goal of almost $20,000, will come via the Cricket NSW Foundation.
The Cricket NSW Foundation is the charitable arm of Cricket NSW and exists to enhance people’s lives through cricket.
Funds raised through this vaccination initiative will be directed to providing free skin checks for members of the cricket community and their families across key areas of NSW. More details on this initiative can be found here.
As we approach the start of the 2021-22 cricket season, we will provide ongoing updates to ensure you remain informed in regard to the upcoming season.
As always, we are here to help so please do not hesitate to get in touch.