Welcome to the first edition of the ECB Places Team newsletter. From now on this will be a quarterly communication to County Boards and cricket officials throughout England and Wales, keeping you up-to-date on relevant news and what is available on our website www.ecb.co.uk/places.


  Despite the recent sunshine, this Summer has so far proved one of the wettest on record and some cricket clubs have suffered severe flooding damage whilst others remain at risk. The ECB Places website hosts a page dedicated to Flooding guidance for cricket clubs to help prepare and deal with these circumstances. There are a number of downloadable resources as well as useful links to help clubs prior to and after the event of flood damage.


  The latest version of the ECB’s Sources of Grant Aid and Funding for Cricket Clubs booklet is now available. As with previous editions, this booklet contains information on the ECB’s funding streams for cricket clubs as well as those provided by Sport England, The Lord’s Taverners and many other funding bodies. Please promote this booklet, which is available to download at www.ecb.co.uk/funding, to your clubs.


  Registrations are still open for the NatWest CricketForce Fundraiser. The ECB and NatWest’s aim for the Fundraiser is to encourage clubs to host an event over the August Bank Holiday weekend to raise much needed funds for investment. With the poor weather we have suffered clubs need to be even more proactive in raising funds, and help is at hand. By registering, clubs will be given ideas for fundraising, downloadable promotional material for their events and advice on how to maximise revenue and manage their finances. The 2011 weekend saw 335 clubs raising on average £1,000 each – a welcome injection of cash for those clubs.


  The Sustainable Clubs section is a fantastic resource to show cricket clubs how to make improvements to save money and become more energy efficient. We particularly reccomend that clubs view the short animation which highlights sustainability issues around a cricket ground.


  Our collection of video case studies document the shared experiences of cricket clubs in all areas, ranging from facilities development and project planning advice to NatWest CricketForce and Fundraising testimonials. Clubs embarking on a new project may find the information and advice in these case studies very useful.