Floods can have a devastating impact on a cricket club, causing damage to both pavilions and grounds.
The impact on clubs of the floods in 2007 and 2008 was significant, causing damage to buildings and machinery and depositing sediment and waste on outfields and squares.
Such floods are relatively rare but many clubs are affected by more regular flooding – it might be the far corner of a field or the grounds shed.
There is a lot that a cricket club can do to help reduce the risk of flood damage.
The following step-by-step guidance helps you find out whether your club is at risk of flooding and if so to develop a flood plan that will help you reduce the impact of flooding on your club:
Flooding - Step by Step Guide (118 KB)
Flood Plan Template (242 KB)
Flood Sediment Advice Sheet (423 KB)
Sources of information
- The Environment Agency - www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood
- The Blue Pages (an independent directory of flood protection products and services) - www.bluepages.org.uk
- The Association of British Insurers provide advice on resistant and resilient repair after a flood - www.abi.org.uk
- The Institute of Groundsmanship working with Cranfield University have produced advice on the clean-up of flood damage on grounds - www.iog.org.uk
The England and Wales Cricket Trust (EWCT) announced in March 2014 it was making £500,000 available in grants from its emergency fund to help cricket clubs affected by the winter’s bad weather. In addition, the EWCT made available £1.25 million in interest free loans to assist affected clubs.