Club urging local community to help the cause

Buxton Cricket Club chairman Neil Skitt and Bob Marsden.

Buxton Cricket Club chairman Neil Skitt and Bob Marsden.

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Buxton Cricket Club might be gearing up for the start of the new Derbyshire and Cheshire League season, but club secretary Bob Marsden admits they are looking towards the future as well.

As part of the 13th annual NatWest CricketForce, Buxton CC will get their ground into shape on Saturday April 5.

The club then begins the new season just two weeks later when the firsts head to Charlesworth & Chisworth whilst the seconds host their Whaley Bridge counterparts.

Over 2,000 clubs are set to take part in this year’s event and Marsden says he is hopeful that it will help to shape a positive future for the whole club.

He said: “It’s about giving people a sense of ownership of the club.

“This is their club and we want people to feel a part of it and have that community spirit.

“One of our plans is to get each junior age group to plant a number of trees.

“That way in 20 years they can look back and say to their kids that they planted those trees.

“It means that people will always have a connection to the club that they might not have otherwise.

“And it means that the club will always play a part in the lives of future generations.”

Marsden, who is set to captain the new Buxton third team this coming season, also says that the day can bring together a large contingent of the community.

He added: “I think it’s a brilliant opportunity to get as many people involved in the club as possible.

“Last year we had about 45 people for the whole day which was great.

“There will always be regulars who show up but it’s also a good chance to draw in some of the fringe people who aren’t always involved.”

• NatWest CricketForce is an ECB project helping cricket clubs renovate and improve their facilities before each season, through the help of members and their wider communities.

Find out when your local club event is (April 4-6), and lend a hand at ecb.co.uk/nwcf.