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Cricket clubs in Salford could be eligible for support from the England and Wales Cricket Board following the announcement of two new funding schemes specifically designed to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

The measures are part of the £61m package designed to support the whole game – of which club cricket has been promised around a third of that money.

The ECB’s Director of Participation & Growth, Nick Pryde, said: “This is a very difficult time for our sport and for everyone involved in the recreational game across England and Wales.

“ECB understands the concerns of everyone involved in cricket and we want to be able to support. We hope that these Emergency Support Measures will be beneficial to you and your club.

“We would like to thank you for your efforts in working for your club, for your league and for the game throughout this difficult period, we understand it hasn’t been easy.

“All of us at ECB will continue to listen to the recreational game and work with you to help support and guide. Together we can help our game overcome this challenge.”

Clubs who are affiliated with their County Cricket Board could receive an emergency loan of up to £5,000. The loan could go towards utility or service costs; rental charges; security and insurance amongst others. A full list can be found here.

The ECB are also launching a Return to Cricket grant scheme which will aim to provide cricket clubs and leagues with assistance in exceptional circumstances, where other potential sources of financial support are not available.

Cricket leagues (open-age or junior), clubs that can’t take out a loan and those that have an annual turnover of less than £15,000 can apply.

Up to £2,000 will be made available to cover the same costs as the Emergency Loan scheme

Clubs and leagues will need to contact their County Cricket Board to discuss their situation and potential eligibility.

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