By Robert Buchan
18 June 2020
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Aberdeenshire CC is pleased to announce that it is preparing Mannofield’s 1st Class ground facilities for the resumption of cricket practice and coaching on Monday 29th June based on guidance from the Scottish Government and Cricket Scotland.

Our new Groundsman Calum Howard has completed the normal pre and early season ground works and Mannofield is looking in fantastic condition – every inch a first-class ground, as can be seen in these recent photos.

It is our intention to provide Nets and practice facilities from 29th June this will initially be one net session with members of your household and/or members of two other households per day (maximum 8 persons), as guidance directs we envisage moving to small group training and local games.

1. Net and Practice Facilities at Mannofield

These facilities will be 2 x Astro nets and also an on square net which will be maintained in match condition and rotated when required. Although the covers will be used the final decision on the fitness of the square for use will be at the sole discretion of the Groundsman. In addition we will also look at providing a specific fielding practice area with backing net.

2. Booking Practice Facilities

The nets are free to book and use for Club members (unfortunately no guests are permitted). However, it is a strict requirement of the club’s insurance policy - all participants must be paid up members for the current season.
The membership rates for the 2019-20 season are:

  • Full Playing - £60
  • Student Playing - £30
  • Junior (Under 16) - £20

Members should log into their account on the club’s website and select the relevant membership product on the Shop tab.

When making a booking you will always need to provide specific information on who is using the nets as well as confirming all members in the booking are free from symptoms of Covid-19.

We have made the booking system as straightforward as possible. The system has been set up so that:

  • Members can book one, 50-minute session per day (Monday to Thursday)
  • Members can book a net session up to fourteen days in advance

We request members only book one session per week. We will review this on a weekly basis but with limited nets we need to ensure that all members have the chance to use them.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the bowling machine will not be available for general use but may be an option for specific coaching sessions operated by Coach Dan Sutton.

We know that many players will be keen to get back in to the nets as quickly as possible, however it is vital you respect the net booking T&Cs set out below so we can all continue to make use of the facilities. Any breach of the guidelines will unfortunately result in the member being denied access to the net facilities.

Click on the button below to go to the Aberdeenshire CC online booking website. You will be asked to register when you first use the booking website.

3. Cricketers from other Clubs

The Aberdeenshire Cricket and Management Committees are keen to be able to open up the use of our fantastic practice facilities to any Cricketers in the wider cricket community who want to train and practice this summer. Aberdeenshire is committed to play a leading role in helping to develop the game in Aberdeenshire, and encourage players to remain enthusiastic about the return of Cricket - even if there is no actual match play this season.

The arrangements for members of other clubs to make use of Mannofield would be the exactly the same as for our current playing members, the only requirement is that they must first register a membership account on the website and take out an Associate Playing Membership for this season.

  • Associate Playing Member - £60
  • Associate Student Playing - £30
  • Associate Junior (Under 16) - £20

4. Club Coach Daniel

Daniel, our ECB qualified Level 3 coach, has already delivered an extremely successful indoor winter coaching program for both Junior and Snr members in preparation for this season. We would like this to continue as soon as possible outdoors at Mannofield. Daniel will therefore have access to ground / Net facilities and will be able to offer specific high quality 1:1 coaching to any members wanting to work on improving and developing any part of their game.

Booking a specific coaching session with Daniel will be by separate arrangement and not through the Club website booking system. For more information and to book a coaching session please go to or call Dan on 07555965043.

4. Net Booking Terms and Conditions:

In booking your net session, you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions. Please read the following carefully, as failure to adhere to these may result in net booking privileges being withdrawn.

The following terms and conditions are compliant with the Cricket Scotland guidelines which were announced on 19th June 2020. The club reserves the right to amend these at any time in line with further CS guidance which may be released.

  • Check for symptoms of COVID-19. In line with current Government guidance, if you are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, you should remain at home and follow Government guidance.
  • Members are using the nets at their own risk.
  • You can use the nets with members of your own household or with members from up to 2 other households at any one session per day. A maximum of 8 people can participate in a session.
  • Hands should be washed thoroughly before leaving home and on return. We suggest bringing hand sanitiser / wipes to use before and after your session.
  • Avoid public transport if at all possible.
  • Sessions start on the hour and must finish promptly 10 minutes before the next session starts. Please aim to arrive as close to your start time as possible and leave promptly after your session is complete.
  • Net usage must follow the Government’s social distancing guidelines;
    1. Follow the designated pathways when entering and exiting the net areas.
    2. Place your kit bag in the allocated bag area.
    3. Maintain social distancing when changing from batting to bowling.
    4. For non family bookings only one person may be in the net the partner/coach must remain 2 metres apart.
    5. For 1:1 coaching sessions no parent, sibling, helper or other person is permitted to be in the same net or any adjacent net.
  • Players must bring their own protective equipment - pads, thigh-pad, helmet, gloves and a box (for males) must be worn for hardball cricket
  • If the player intends to bowl during the session then they should bring their own ball(s). No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.
  • When batting, players should kick or knock the ball back to their partner/coach with their bat, rather than picking it up, even if the player has gloves on
  • Bring your own filled drinking bottles.
  • For juniors a parent or member of the player’s household must be on site and available in case first aid needs to be administered.
  • At the end of your session to pack up and depart do not stay to socialise.

No toilet facilities will be available at Mannofield, so make sure you go before you arrive!


Covid-19 Net Booking Terms and Conditions

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