Mike Gatting urges public to help out at Glossop Cricket Club

NEWPORT, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: Ex England cricket player Mike Gatting undertakes renovation work of a fence during the NatWest CricketForce at Forton Cricket Club on April 4, 2014 in Newton, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images for ECB)
NEWPORT, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: Ex England cricket player Mike Gatting undertakes renovation work of a fence during the NatWest CricketForce at Forton Cricket Club on April 4, 2014 in Newton, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images for ECB)
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Glossop Cricket Club’s Simon Megram is urging the local community to come down and help them get ready for the new season.

The 14th annual NatWest CricketForce is promising to be another blockbuster event with more than 2,000 clubs registered to take part over the last weekend in March.

Tens of thousands of club members and volunteers will come together to clean, tidy, repair and revitalise clubhouses and cricket grounds across the country ahead of the new seasono n 28th/29th.

“Because Natwest CricketForce is a national tournament all the clubs are talking about it,” said Mr Megram.

“There’s just a big drive to get everything sorted before the season kicks off.

“We’re planning on tidying the place up, painting some of the benches and cutting back any growth encroaching on the field.

“We’re hoping to have around 30 players come down and help out so hopefully it will be a really productive day.”

The scheme is supported by former England captain and current ECB Managing Director of Cricket Partnerships Mike Gatting.

Gatting, who played 79 Tests and 92 ODIs for England, said: “I hope we’re helping the communities as well as the clubs.

“Kids want to go to clubs, and have fun with their mates in a safe area.

“Cricket is one of those games where you make friends for life, build bridges, and learn a lot of life skills as well. That’s really important so local councils and communities acknowledging that it does make a difference and getting involved themselves is what it’s all about.”

NatWest CricketForce is an ECB project helping cricket clubs renovate and improve their facilities before each season with the help of members and their wider communities. Find out when your local club event is and lend a hand at ecb.co.uk/nwcf