An Open Letter from CEO Gordon Hollins
To all Somerset Members and supporters,
Firstly, I hope you and your loved ones have stayed safe and well during an incredibly challenging period for us all.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our Members, Supporters and Partners for their patience and understanding over the last few months. The numerous messages of encouragement and support for the Club has been heartening and very much appreciated.
Recent news with regards to professional and recreational cricket has been very encouraging and everyone at the Cooper Associates County Ground is delighted that we will to be hearing the sound of bat on ball very soon at numerous Clubs across the region. Our 1st XI is scheduled to return to the field from early August and we hope the season will be as rewarding for us all as the last one was.
The playing schedule for the shortened season is expected in early course and you can be assured that we will be taking all the appropriate measures to ensure both our playing squad, staff and visitors, remain as safe as possible throughout the campaign.
Work is well underway at the Cooper Associates County Ground to prepare for the return of cricket both on and off the field. In particular, I am sure you will all be pleased to hear that the recently upgraded ‘live streaming’ solution is being tested and tweaked to allow us to bring you as much of the action as possible from ‘behind closed doors.’ This service will remain freely accessible and open to all.
As you may be aware, whilst the playing department has recently returned to training, a large portion of our Commercial, Catering and Administration Staff remain on furlough leave. Like many other sports organisations and businesses, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the finances of the Club, and we must continue to be prudent as we move forward over the coming weeks. I have often referred to two key factors: duty of care and financial sustainability. These have been the basis of our decisions thus far and continue to be prevalent as we navigate through this next period.
With such news, attention also naturally turns to Membership and Ticketing and the policies and subsequent processes and procedures being put in place by the Club. I would ask you to remain patient for a little while longer to allow the final pieces of the puzzle to be slotted into place. This will allow us to fine tune and sense check our Membership and Ticketing policies ahead of sharing these with you all via a Club Statement to be issued no later than Friday 17th July.
In the meantime, with recreational cricket returning this weekend, let’s hope the weather stays fair and those of you visiting and supporting your local Club enjoy the experience. An army of volunteers will have put it a significant amount of work in to make this possible so please do raise your glass (or your bat!) to them too.
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