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Re. Your Derbyshire County Cricket Club Incora Executive Membership

On behalf of all the players, support staff, the off-field team and the Supervisory Board at Derbyshire County Cricket Club I hope that you and your family are continuing to keep safe and well during these unprecedented and challenging times.

Following on from my last letter and a very uncertain three or four months, I am delighted that it has now been confirmed that the domestic cricket season will commence on 1 August. We will be competing in both four-day and one-day cricket this summer and our first team squad have been training intensely over the last few weeks in preparation for the opening match of the 2020 season.

There was a time when I’m sure we all thought there may be no cricket in 2020, so to have both red and white ball fixtures is pleasing for everyone associated with the club.

Your 2020 Executive Membership and Members Feedback  

Unfortunately, at the time of writing we still have no indication whether Government will allow spectators to watch live sport this summer. It is still a question of if rather than when. With this in mind, I wrote to all Members at the end of June asking you to let us know what options you would like us to consider for your 2020 Membership.

I was delighted to receive positive feedback from over 250 Members expressing a range of views, with the majority acknowledging the challenges that we face in the short and medium term as a business. Thank you for taking the trouble to respond.

As you know our club is in a difficult financial position. We face a loss in revenue this year of over £1.5m relating to match tickets, hospitality, and our Conference & Events business.

Equally challenging is the long-term financial recovery, based on expected reductions in ECB payments next year, as well as uncertainty regarding both cricket and non-cricket events.

This revenue has in previous years allowed us to increase our investment in cricket and our first team squad. While we have done what we can to mitigate the impact in the short-term, the full financial impact on the club and the game from the Covid-19 pandemic is still unknown and will most likely be felt next year rather than this year.

International training and Women’s Internationals at The Incora County Ground

The club’s 2020 budget included £3 million ECB central funding, which is over 50% of the club’s budgeted revenue. This funding is underpinned by the ECB’s Media Rights agreement and it is essential for professional and recreational cricket in this country that the full international cricket programme included in this agreement goes ahead this summer.

The ECB has worked with both Hampshire CCC (The Ageas Bowl) and Lancashire CCC (Emirates Old Trafford) to utilise their facilities, creating bio-secure venues to host the West Indies series in the interest of the whole game. I am proud and delighted that we have now been asked to play our part, firstly by hosting the touring Pakistan squad and subsequently England Women’s international fixtures later this summer.

Pakistan’s summer tour of England and the international series in September are both extremely important in securing the financial future of the domestic game, not just this summer, but beyond.

The fact that we have been selected to host not just a pivotal training camp, but an entire international series, goes to show that Derbyshire is continuing to establish itself as an integral venue for international cricket.

As I said earlier it seems unlikely at the moment that crowds will be allowed to watch sporting events this summer, but this decision means that Members would not be able to watch matches at The Incora County Ground as Derbyshire will play all its fixtures during the 2020 season away from home – at this stage behind closed doors. Should a limited number of spectators be able to attend matches later in September, then it is our intention that those who remain Members of the club would have access to Derbyshire fixtures.

2020 Incora Executive Membership Options

Your overwhelmingly positive response, and unequivocal support has helped us to reach a decision regarding your 2020 Membership.

The Supervisory Board is acutely aware that this is a challenging time for all and I would personally like to thank you for your willingness to continue supporting the club financially this summer.

Each year our cricket budget is heavily influenced by our Membership numbers and next year will see an even greater reliance on your support. We have taken this into account, as well as all of your comments and suggestions.

Based on your feedback, and with greater clarity now on the 2020 season, I can now outline the available options for your 2020 Membership.

Option 1: Donate and become an Exclusive 150 Club Executive Member: My Membership is my contribution

Whatever Membership category you choose (such as Club Membership or Incora Executive Membership) this is your opportunity to join Derbyshire’s exclusive 150 Club. Although it is not the 150th anniversary celebrations we had all hoped to enjoy, this year Derbyshire would benefit from your support more than ever.

  • I wish for Derbyshire to retain my 2020 Incora Executive Membership fee as my contribution to the club’s long-term future
  • I remain a 2020 Incora Executive Member and retain all current benefits, including entry to fixtures at selected other venues where applicable (full terms & conditions to follow)
  • I will pay £430 for my 2021 Incora Executive Membership before 31 January 2021 or full price thereafter. Includes discount based on price of 2020 Car Park Pass.
  • I will have my name printed on a plaque at The Incora County Ground, dedicating my support
  • I will receive an invitation to an exclusive dinner with the Chairman and members of the coaching/playing staff at The Incora County Ground
  • My contribution will help to fund improvements to the Incora Executive Lounge, including additional stools to create a raised viewing area
  • I will receive £20 of Club Shop vouchers, to put towards merchandise or books, including the club’s 150th Anniversary book
  • I will receive a personalised signed letter from a Derbyshire player

The deadline for this option has now passed.

Option 2: Discounted Deferral: Remain a 2020 Incora Executive Member and pay a discounted renewal fee

  • I wish for Derbyshire to retain my 2020 Membership fee as my contribution to the club’s long-term future
  • I remain a 2020 Member and retain all current benefits, including entry to fixtures at selected other venues where applicable (full terms & conditions to follow)
  • I will pay £259 for my 2021 Membership before 31 January 2021 or full price thereafter. Includes discount based on price of 2020 Car Park Pass.
  • I will receive a personalised signed letter from a Derbyshire player

The deadline for this option has now passed.

Confirming Your Choice Before 14 August & Processing 2021 Membership

All Members are required to confirm their option choice by 5pm on 14 August. Any Member who does not contact the club prior to 14 August will automatically be included in the 150 Club (Option 1). Members who choose Options 1 or 2 have until 31 January 2021 to take advantage of their renewal price as outlined above.

Once you have made your decision, there are a number of ways to order your 2021 Incora Executive Membership. To do this online, simply click the button beneath your chosen option and follow the online purchasing process.

Alternatively, you can secure your chosen option over the phone on 01332 388 101, or in writing to Derbyshire County Cricket Club LTD and posting it to Derbyshire County Cricket Club, The Incora County Ground, Nottingham Road, Derby, DE21 6DA. Please include a letter stating your full name and chosen option. Please note The Incora County Ground is currently closed to the public and we cannot accept payments in person at this time.

We encourage all Members who are undecided which option is best for them to contact us on 01332 388 101, or email [email protected] for more information.

We understand that these are unprecedented times which can create unique circumstances for us all. If you are unable to support the club with either option above, you are entitled to a full refund on your Membership products, if claimed before 14 August 2020. Click HERE to find out more about Membership refunds.

Please note that any member seeking a refund will lose their constitutional rights and additional benefits associated with their membership card. All refunds must by claimed by 5pm on 14 August.

Full terms and conditions are available to all Members at derbyshireccc.com. Click HERE for terms and conditions.

I know a number of you have been joining our popular virtual Members Forum’s over the last few months. It has been good to see you and pleasing to receive your enthusiastic responses to this way of communicating with you. Our next Forum will be on Thursday, 23 July at 7pm.  For further details of how to join please email [email protected] or call 01332 388 101.

The interaction we’re seeing at Members’ Forums, through your recent feedback and through activity online continues to prove that Derbyshire has a loyal and committed Membership.

Thank you as always for your continued support, stay safe and I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming Forum.

Kind regards,

Ian Morgan
Chairman

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