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Durham and Kent offer grounds to NHS and local councils

by Wisden Staff 1 minute read

Both Durham and Kent have offered the use of their grounds to local councils and the NHS to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Durham’s Riverside Ground has been close to the public and all non-essential staff in line with advice from the government and ECB, but a statement from the club said: “Durham Cricket have offered the use of Emirates Riverside to the local council and NHS should it be of use as well as the support of their staff who may be of assistance.”

Kent’s offices have been closed but their Spitfire Ground in Canterbury and County Ground in Beckenham have been offered for use to the NHS, Canterbury City Council, Kent County Council and London Borough of Bromley to allow for civic contingency planning.

“We are uniquely placed to take a leading role in ensuring that communities across Kent are ready to face the challenges ahead,” said Kent CEO Simon Storey.

“With two well-equipped venues in Canterbury and Beckenham and with our network of 300 clubs across both the county and Metropolitan Kent, we have a responsibility to serve our communities beyond the boundary.”


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