In the fight against Covid-19, our cricketing family are more important than ever to us.

To demonstrate how we are uniting 'Together through this Test', this page details Glamorgan Cricket and Cricket Wales' community, charitable and creative efforts across all of Wales.

Our focus remains to keep the spirit of cricket as strong as possible during this very difficult period.

Keep safe.

SUPPORTING EFFORTS TO FIGHT FOOD POVERTY IN WALES

Working with Citizens Cymru Wales (registered charity 1107624) we are supporting a Covid-19 Response Fund to help local community groups across Wales to tackle food poverty.

Visit our Just Giving page here.

To support this worthy cause, we are auctioning THREE unmissable coaching experiences with our professional team of coaches.

Please use the links below to read more and to bid on these auction lots.

Funds raised in the auction will be distributed by Citizens Cymru Wales to food banks and other food poverty initiatives in Wales who need it most.

A wicket-keeping coaching session with Mark Wallace at Sophia Gardens.  A batting coaching session with Matt Maynard at Sophia Gardens. A fast-bowling coaching session with Steve Watkin at Sophia Gardens. 

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The first four organisations to benefit will be the Al Ikhlas Centre Foodbank in Cardiff, the Pontypridd Foodbank, Race Council Cymru’s Swansea BAME Hub, and the Coed Mawr Community Centre Foodbank in Bangor. 

 




TOGETHER THROUGH THIS TEST


Alongside the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) we have launched ‘Together Through This Test’ - to shine a light on the work undertaken by the game in response to COVID-19 and highlighting the resources available to the public.

Cricket staff, volunteers and players across England and Wales – from both the professional and the recreational game - have already taken part in over 200 initiatives during lockdown. 


GIVING THANKS TO OUR NHS HEROES

To demonstrate our immense appreciation and thanks to workers on the front-line, we announced our 'Nominate your NHS Hero' initiative which offers free tickets to all NHS staff. If you have someone you would like to nominate to receive their five free adult tickets to a future T20 fixture, click here to help us say thanks, on behalf of everyone at Glamorgan Cricket and Sophia Gardens.



NHS VOLUNTEERS

The following members of our staff have offered their time as volunteers to the NHS:

  • Mark Wallace, Director of Cricket
  • Matt Maynard, Head Coach
  • Tom Cullen, 1st Team Cricketer
  • Mike Claydon, NCC Manager and Community Officer
  • Georgina Ewer, Head Physiotherapist
  • Tom Gilpin, Assistant Physiotherapist

"I felt I could give a few hours of my time 2/3 days a week so I signed up to be an NHS volunteer. As a driver, this could be delivering medicines, collecting shopping, or hospital drop-offs or collections. It is all controlled on an app and you basically turn it on when you're available.
I just hope, if the opportunity arises, I can help somebody in need out, brighten up their day, and help everybody get through this tricky period and hopefully look forward to the second half of the summer."

Mike Claydon
NCC Manager and Community Officer


RUN 5, DONATE 5

A number of the Club's staff and players have helped to raise money for the NHS in aid of the charitable campaign ‘Run For Heroes’ - running 5k and donating £5.

Runners are using their exercise time to raise money for NHS workers


LOCAL COMMUNITY

Our Club Sponsorship Executive, Oliver Waterhouse, has been helping a local farm shop with their order and delivery service of fresh produce and essentials. The Castle Farm Community Hub initiative was set up to help those in isolation locally, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, as well as to support the local farming community. 


SOPHIA GARDENS SITE

The Club has offered use of Sophia Gardens' facilities and site to the Welsh Government during the crisis. 

Sophia Gardens (cricket ground) - Wikipedia

#TwitterCoinToss
Hosted by Carmarthen Wanderers (Carl Holding), this competition now has 128 clubs in its current format with each round hosted and filmed by a cricket network person who sets the scene and creates the result. This has generated a lot of intra-club engagement with clubs selecting teams.

#VirtualSEWCL
Spearheaded by Lisvane CC @lisvanecc who are using the original schedule of fixtures, loading them into an auto-generated fixture programme and creating results and player scores from it.
This has also generated a lot of SM club activity.

Cricket Wales’ Question of Sport
This engaged many competitors across Wales and generated over £1,000 for the mental health charity ‘Opening Up Cricket’
You can read more here.

Jones the Bat has created a series of podcasts about recreational players across Wales - you can listen to them here.

Professional Cricketer Q&A:
Cricket Wales is soon to launch a series of network generated questions, from young and old, in which Glamorgan players will self-record videos for Cricket Wales to post across the Welsh cricket network.

Grounds support
Cricket Wales have been supporting concerns about Club Grounds issues, including access and maintainability via a GMA online course. Also yet to come is a Q&A with Glamorgan Cricket’s Head Groundskeeper, Robin Saxton, who will provide top tips as well as answering questions from Clubs.


Google Classroom has been used effectively with over 400 young people on our pathway to provide physical, mental and skill content to work on at home.

Club Charity Support:
Many Clubs have been generating films and events across individual households to support charities. Key examples include:

  • Cresselly CC who have raised well over £1,000 for NHS Charities
  • Penarth CC who have raised money for The Better Life Appeal 
  • Buckley CC’s #BCCBigRunChase was set up to raise vital funds for the club during this period, with part of the funds raised being donated to a local food bank

  • Brymbo CC have been holding virtual pub quiz nights to raise money for NHS charities

  • Gresford Cricket have started an initiative called #Walk4Eva – to raise money for a girl from Wrexham diagnosed with DIPG; ‘Unbeatable Eva - Fight against DIPG’