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The club's Bill Camm Pavilion will benefit from an enlarged patio

NatWest CricketForce@Sawley & Long Eaton Park is far more than several building projects the club wanted to complete for some time.

It will see numerous local community groups not only working together but also enjoying themselves.

Wilsthorpe secondary school will have a group of Y8 students filming the event for a DVD record of the day while students from their Expressive Art group will be hanging cricket artwork in the refurbished prepared before hand in the school.

Similarly Nottingham Trent University Media students will be recording interviews with volunteers, supporters, event partners and guests including Freddy the Falcon the mascot of Derbyshire CCC.

Teams of volunteers will from the local DHL branch and Wilkos are likely to be painting the social areas of a pavilion while NatWest employees will be assembling two sight screens and a mobile practice cage bought with the aid of a Sport England grant.

David Dooley, the event organiser commented: "Over 20 organisations will make a contribution to this event from a national company donating 20 tonnes of road stone aggregate, to a regional builder sending us 3000 bricks to the local baker providing 60 dozens rolls."

The hospitality area is being organised by 3rd Long Eaton scouts, who are bringing two marquees, while the refreshments themselves are being served by the 4th Attenborough Brownies who hope to complete their hostess badge on the day.

Junior volunteers will be also be busy enjoying taster Kwik Cricket matches and participating in the autograph hunt while also experiencing the ECB’s Cricket Factory.

Councillor Bill Camm said: "It is great to see so many community organisations coming together to not only refurbish the cricket club’s facilities but enhance the environment of Long Eaton’s showcase municipal park.

"The club is having a genuine makeover with a new female changing room, new kitchen, brand new pavilion furniture and even new cutlery and crockery for club match teas."

Sawley & Long Eaton Park

A partner's tipper truck prepares to unload 10 tonnes of sand