Buxton Cricket Club’s Bob Marsden is urging the local community to come down and help them get ready for the new season.
The 14th annual NatWest CricketForce is shaping up to be another blockbuster event with more than 2,000 clubs registered to take part in the scheme 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 season.
Buxton CC are holding their event on Saturday March 28.
As chairman of Buxton’s junior cricketers, Marsden knows the importance of keeping the younger participants entertained and he revealed that 200 eggs will be hidden in and around the clubhouse for them to find.
“We’re holding a monster Easter egg hunt to distract the little ones while their parents try to clean up some of the areas of the club that have been neglected in recent times,” he said.
“One of the main things we’re looking at doing is cutting back all the vegetation that has encroached on our field which we really need to get under control.
“We’re also going to be painting the changing room floor and just generally tidying things up a bit ahead of the new season.
“There were 50 volunteers involved last year so we’re hoping to get a number close to that.
“People can come for just an hour or the whole day if they want, we appreciate any help and just want to make a big day out of it.”
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, is adamant this year’s Natwest CricketForce will benefit more than just the clubs themselves.
“I hope we’re helping the communities as well as the clubs,” he said.
“Kids want to go to clubs, and have fun with their mates in a safe area.
“It’s all about the community for cricket clubs, and in some places the clubs can stop kids from being out on the street and doing drugs, in gangs, and other terrible things.
“Cricket is one of those games where you make friends for life, build bridges, and learn a lot of life skills as well.
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