Message from the Chairman...

Good evening friends of Caterham,

I hope sincerely that each of you is well and safe. The last five weeks, and longer, have presented a range of challenges to all of us. Threats to our livelihood are real as is the inconvenience of having our kids at home 24/7... but both are insignificant compared to any of us who have friends and family struck down by the Covid-19 virus.

Amongst this the prospect of sport, particularly the average standard recreational level we often sink to, seems insignificant. But its ability to give us exercise, friendship and fun are things that many of us miss at the moment.

You may have seen that the ECB hope professional cricket might restart at the start of July. It is possible that recreational cricket could follow. In preparation:

  • Colin has contacted John Dodwell who has confirmed that ground prep has been maintained;
  • Martin has contacted all junior families to confirm our preparedness to resume training, in whatever form Public Health England and the ECB deem appropriate; &
  • Michelle has reviewed the Club's finances and confirmed that we will remain solvent through the enforced suspension.

So we are committed to doing whatever needed to restarting the season... at any point.

This will pass, and when it does I'm sure we'll all relish the games we play just that bit more. In the meantime I hope you all stay safe and well, maintaining your indoor practice of the straight drive and increasing your fitness levels in your daily hour of exercise.

See you soon.

    Nick House  (28th April 2020)

...and the Junior Section Chairman...

Hope you're all safe and well. As promised, here's an update as to where we are with Junior cricket this year.

As many of you would have seen, the ECB have announced that professional cricket is planned to restart on July 1; Senior Leagues are also working to the same date. If that date is approved by the Government/Public Health England, recreational cricket activities could restart in June.

With this in mind, the Junior and Senior Club management teams are already working together and are actively planning what a return to cricket could look like for the Juniors, as soon it is safe for us to do so.

I reported in our last email that the newly formed SJCC have already cancelled the league and cup competitions, so our immediate priority will be to introduce training and practice sessions, taking on board all the health and social distancing recommendations that will no doubt need to be put in place.

We're working hard behind the scenes to devise both fun and safe sessions for the children so we're ready to go as soon as we get the green light. We'll also be contacting other local Clubs to arrange friendlies so we can get back to playing competitive matches this season.

As will always be the case, the welfare of Junior Club members is our priority so we continue to use this time in lockdown to do all we can to make sure we have everything in place for the day we can start playing again.

We'll keep you posted as soon as we know any more news. Stay safe and well, hope to see you soon.

All the best

    Martin Davey  (28th April 2020)

Martin Davey (left) awarded the A.J.Atfield Trophy in 2019 by Chairman Nick House

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