NatWest CricketForce - Case Studies archive
Purley on Thames
A regular on NatWest CricketForce weekends having participated every year, the club from Berkshire welcomed 60 volunteers who painted the sightscreens, pavilion and scorebox as well as repairing the covers. The club also raised £440 from a snail racing evening which saw 150 people attend.
Established in 1849, Tavistock is the second oldest club in Devon. The club set a number of objectives before NatWest CricketForce and with 60 volunteers attending, completed every task, including refurbishing the clubhouse and changing rooms. The weekend also helped boost colts membership which increased by 26 per cent.
Alvaston and Boulton CC
The Derbyshire-based club took part in NatWest CricketForce for the second time and completed 90 per cent of the tasks they set out to achieve. New steps were laid, the changing rooms, sightscreens and external wood areas were painted, while the old tennis courts were prepared for reseeding.
More than 50 volunteers helped make the club's first NatWest CricketForce one to remember. As well as painting both inside and outside the clubhouse, the club received special help when it came to cleaning the toilets in the form of the mayor who got her hands dirty. The club also secured £1,500 funding from Waitrose.
Belper Meadows CC
The club were thrilled to have 48 volunteers for NatWest CricketForce weekend - three times more than appeared for 2009. As well as other tasks, the hardworking group repaired and repainted the sightscreens, fences, scoreboard and scorebox, new steps from the clubhouse were dug and laid while the nets were cleaned.
Brailsford & Ednaston CC
Another Derbyshire club who registered for NatWest CricketForce, Brailsford & Ednaston completed their tasks ahead of the new season. Those jobs included replacing the showers, refurbishing the bar area, decorating the clubhouse and redesigning the kitchen.
Chesterfield Barbarians CC
Taking part in their second NatWest CricketForce weekend, the Derbyshire-based club battled the elements to get their ground ready for the new season. As well as their list of tasks, which included erecting the nets, the club were pleased by the number of volunteers who came forward and now have managers for their six junior and four Kwik cricket teams.
A NatWest CricketForce entrant since 2005, the Derbyshire club welcomed 50 volunteers to their ground at the end of March to get the facility ready for the new season. The club completed all their tasks including painting the white boundary boards in just 15 minutes. As a bonus, the club also attracted a new volunteer co-ordinator, newsletter editor and scorer.
Taking part in their third NatWest CricketForce, Etwall opened their doors to almost 50 volunteers who helped complete a series of tasks ahead of the new season. Club members can now enjoy new showers, freshly painted changing rooms, a renovated scoreboard and tidy practice facilities.
The club, which is based in Derbyshire, used NatWest CricketForce to refurbish their clubhouse which they hope to rent out to provide a new revenue source. Around 50 volunteers helped out over the weekend and with the preparatory work and donated materials, the club saved around £10,000.
Ockbrook & Borrowash CC
Another club who registered for NatWest CricketForce for the first time, Ockbrook & Borrowash were indebted to the 68 volunteers who helped complete all their scheduled tasks. These included painting all four dressing rooms, repairing the two safety nets and cleaning the pavilion.
A thriving club which has expanded the number of sides it runs, NatWest CricketForce was a perfect opportunity to revamp the ground ahead of the new season. The pavilion was painted, the nets were cleared and cleaned, the hedges were pruned and building meterials for the new pavilion were shifted to the correct place.
Having taken part in their first NatWest CricketForce in 2009, the Derbyshire club were determined to increase their efforts this time around. Thirty five volunteers helped erect and treat the score hut, the outside of the pavilion and perimeter wall were whitewashed while the sightscreens were painted amongst other chores.
Whittington Wanderers CC
The club enjoyed a productive NatWest CricketForce weekend, completing a number of tasks including completing of the pointing of the pavilion and welding steel meshing over the doors to prevent vandalism. The kitchen was cleaned as were the changing rooms, shower block, tea room and toilets. The interior of the pavilion was given an initial coat of paint.
Wirksworth & Middleton CC
The club, formed due to a merger a year ago, enjoyed a highly productive NatWest CricketForce with around 60 volunteers donating time and materials. The club acquired a fridge, freezer, paint, showers, wood for their bar area and blocks for their extension. With an eye on bar profits, the volunteers helped renovate the bar area.
Exmouth is one of the premier Clubs in Devon and a regular host of Devon CCC matches. Its Pavilion dates from the 1850s and is a major feature of the ground which is leased from the District Council. They had not taken part in NatWest CricketForce before so did not know what to expect.
Shotley Bridge CC
A club that boasts Paul Collingwood as one of it's old boys, Shotley Bridge completed an enormous amount of work - much of it down to volunteers. The scoreboard, now electric, changing rooms, bar and net area have been revamped. In all, the club estimate that £10,000 of work was completed on NatWest CricketForce weekend.
After almost 40 years without any refurbishment, the club went all out at NatWest CricketForce with wonderful results. The bar area was totally revamped, the pavilion exterior was painted while inside was given a spring clean. Larger projects include new net facilities, conservatory and kitchen.
Based in Gloucestershire, Apperley joined forces with a Community Payback Team to complete a number of renovations at their club, including painting the pavilion and sightscreens, building a new path and levelling an area for their proposed net area.
Dyrham & Hinton
The club enjoyed a very productive NatWest CricketForce weekend both inside and outside of the clubhouse. The kitchen was refitted, complete with a dishwasher, while the shower facility, previously one in each changing room, is now a separate room with four showers. All benches and shelves were changed in the dressing room and a large area of shrubbery was cleared on one side of the ground.
Chipping Sodbury CC
One of the most established clubs in the Bristol area, housing some nine youth teams, Chipping Sodbury is flooded with members. However, pre and post-season preparation had traditionally been left to a handful of volunteers but the NatWest CricketForce weekend has attracted a new contingent who will help renovate the facilities.
The cradle of cricket rocked to NatWest CricketForce 2008 and saw the club rise from the ashes, literally, as their burned out pavilion was replaced by a beautiful wooden new build befitting the download scenery.
For Hertford, NatWest CricketForce was a huge success. Despite a few reservations before the project started, the club pulled in 350 volunteers over three days to complete all of their tasks. Involving 23 different companies, who donated £30,000 of labour and materials, the club underwent a significant make over. Another plus point was attracting enough new members to create a Fifth XI.
Ninety-eight volunteers gave Kent's picturesque St Lawrence Ground a spruce up ahead of the new county season as part of NatWest CricketForce. The major project the group completed was repainting the Ames Boxes, both inside and out, while smaller tasks included cleaning seats, signs, stands and the war memorial.
Located just outside Faversham in Kent, Macknade have taken part in NatWest CricketForce weekends since 2005 with impressive results. In 2007 they received £15,000 of donated materials and specialist help and had more than 70 volunteers helping around the ground.
Kirby Muxloe CC
Kirby Muxloe's story is proof that triumph can come from adversity. A small village club in Leicestershire, but one with big ideas, Kirby Muxloe lost their bowling machine to a burglary - an incident which prompted a move to demolish their rotten portacabin pavilion and build a brand new version. Staggeringly, their new pavilion was constructed in just two weeks thanks to the hard work and generosity of a large number of volunteers.
Sileby Town CC
The club from Leicestershire, which has achieved the ECB Clubmark, drew up a long list for the 2007 NatWest CricketForce weekend - one that saw them featured as a showcase club. With more than 250 volunteers attending over the two days, they completed the vast majority of tasks, saving £30,000 in labour costs.
Harrow St Mary's
The Middlesex club enjoyed a wonderful NatWest CricketForce in 2010. England captains Andrew Strauss and Charlotte Edwards were part of a 300-strong group of volunteers that overhauled the ground on the Friday - work that was worth £70,000. The club also received £60,000 in grants and other donations. To complete a fine summer, the club's first XI won their league title.
The former club of England fast bowler Steve Harmison, Ashington boasts a thriving junior section. However, the club wanted to forge links with Wansbeck Primary School - a move which has since proved exceedingly popular with pupils joining up in their droves.
Dating back to 1847, Tynemouth is a club with great history. Unfortunately, the years of wear and tear have taken their toll on the dilapidated pavilion. But, with the support of members and the local community, a £250,000 overhaul took place and with junior members doubling to 234 and sponsorship increasing tenfold, the club's future looks bright.
Much Wenlock CC
The Shropshire club made £20,000 improvements in one year thanks to 200 hours of labour from skilled volunteers, with a massive legacy on the coaching and juniors front.
A veteran of NatWest CricketForce events having taken part every year since 2004, the club wanted to build on their good work by untaking projects on their two grounds. With the help of numerous partners and volunteers, the club estimate that £32,500 of work was completed during the weekend.
The Bath based club have been involved in NatWest CricketForce since 2005, becoming a national showcase club two years later when more than 370 volunteers turned out over the weekend. Marcus Trescothick, Andy Caddick and Ian Blackwell turned out too, as did Steph Davies who plays for Somerset Women. More than £55,000 of work was done to the ground.
If you don't ask, you don't get - that should be Tamworth's motto after a hugely successful NatWest CricketForce weekend. Around £45,000 of improvements to the club's facilities were undertaken but perhaps the biggest boost was the emergence of new volunteers who continue to help the club.
Ipswich, one of the 2009 showcase clubs, welcomed 225 volunteers to their ground on NatWest CricketForce weekend who helped donate around 1,700 hours of labour to their many projects. These included a new scoreboard and scorebox being erected, decking laid for the marquee, fencing put up and the sightscreens painted. See how they got on by watching a video of the day on ECBtv.
The Surrey club put a whole new pavilion in place as part of their array of projects for NatWest CricketForce 2009, for which they were chosen as the launch club.
Former Essex and England bowler Mark Illot turned up to help Bagshot complete a successful NatWest CricketForce weekend. Volunteers fixed the boundary fencing, extended the patio area around the clubhouse and dismantled the metal covers for recycling. The pavilion interior was tidied up while the shower area redecorated and refloored.
The Surrey club carried out the first ever NatWest CricketForce project in 2002 and has gone from strength to strength since then. They have doubled the number of men's teams, increased junior membership two-fold to 200 and introduced a women's team. Lingfield also built two state-of-the-art outdoor nets, the £20,000 cost all met through donations.
The Surrey club estimate a value in kind total of more than £16,000 for their 2009 project, generated by members of the club and its sponsors.
Found next to the River Thames, Shepperton underwent an amazing transformation thanks to CricketForce, highlighted by the demolition and rebuilding of their pavilion. Help from volunteers was crucial though - they received £30,000 of skilled labour and more than £20,000 of materials from volunteers while 150 attended their key NatWest CricketForce weekend.
Bells Yew Green CC
Despite being a tiny village in East Sussex, Bells Yew Green is a cricket club going places. With more than 200 junior members augmenting a busy adult set-up, the club are now very close to completing their new pavilion. The NatWest CricketForce weekend, where volunteers completed numerous jobs all over the ground, means the opening date of the pavilion has been brought forward.
Bognor Regis CC
A NatWest CricketForce showcase club in 2011, Bognor Regis welcomed up to 250 volunteers to their ground which was transformed for the new season. In total around £65,000 of work was completed with 51 organisations donating money, labour, materials and expertise. The highlight of the weekend was 300m of boundary fence being painted in just 22 minutes.
St James's Montefiore
St James's Montefiore, founded 150 years ago, play at a picturesque ground in East Sussex. However, it was deep in snow on NatWest CricketForce weekend in 2008. More than 150 volunteers were not put off though and the clubhouse was completely redecorated and the ground given a general makeover. There were more benefits from the weekend, which saw 22 different companies and organisations involved, as the club attracted a new sponsor as a direct result of NatWest CricketForce.
Around 25 volunteers helped give Worthing a facelift as part of NatWest CricketForce. The main room in the pavilion was revamped while the changing room ceilings were painted and the walls pressure washed. The bar and barbecue were also cleaned up and made ready for some post-match socialising.
The club had been searching for a ground around Cardiff for 30 years. In late 2007 Cardiff YMCA agreed to rent them their disused facility, unused for six years and in a poor state of repair. NatWest CricketForce in 2008 allowed them to accelerate their renovation plans.
NWCF veterans, the Welsh club were indebted to approximately 300 hours of volunteer work and kind donations which resulted in another successful weekend. Many tasks were completed including the prepation of the wicket, erecting of sightscreens, cleaning of changing rooms, repairing of guttering and painting of fences.
The club have enjoyed an excellent start to the year, achieving Clubmark status just weeks before a record turnout at NatWest CricketForce. They have also reported a 50 per cent increase in membership and now run seven junior sides.
Griff & Coton
Around 50 volunteers helped make NatWest CricketForce a success at Griff & Coton. The boundary fence was repaired and painted while a path to the nets was constructed - new features which will the club's four Saturday teams will enjoy this season.
Highway CC suffered like many clubs from vandalism, lack of funding and lack of maintenance for many years and plans were being put in place to make improvements – starting with the installation of a three-lane non-turf net practice facility (courtesy of a grant from ECB). They were then selected to be a showcase club for NatWest CricketForce 2009 and at that point the scope increased and the projects gathered pace...
Calne Cricket Club in Wiltshire was awash with volunteers over NatWest Cricket Force weekend. More than 220 kind-hearted souls chipped in as the club had a facelift - saving themselves £20,000. A new patio was installed, perimeter fence and sightscreens erected and store shed built, but there was still time for some fun as 50 children took part in a Kwik Cricket tournament.
South Newton CC
The Wiltshire club boast a picturesque ground but until recently had to put up with out of date facilities. However, with the generousity of members and bundles of hardwork, South Newton revamped their pavilion - it now has running water and electricity - and built a net to augment other work done around the ground.
The club opened its doors to 70 volunteers for NatWest CricketForce who donated 420 hours of hard work saving the club an estimated £7,500. The indoor academy and sightscreens were painted, the scorebox was weatherproofed and tidied while the pitch covers were washed.
Farsley is a club with an illustrious past - Ray Illingworth came through their junior ranks - but they can also look forward to a bright future after taking part in NatWest CricketForce. The Yorkshire-based club, who were formed in 1864, completed £150,000 of development work for an outlay of less than £20,000, work which included renovating the clubhouse. Externally, new patio and decking areas have been added while new artificial pitch and mobile nets are also now in operation.
More than 80 volunteers helped make NatWest CricketForce a huge success at the Yorkshire club. They completed full redecoration of the clubhouse inside and out, made improvements to certain areas, all under budget with lots of support from local businesses. The club estimate that £4,000 was saved from donations and work from volunteers.
One of the oldest clubs in the country, Foolifoot had a very productive NatWest CricketForce weekend where they completed all their planned tasks. The volunteers, a 30 per cent increase on last year, repainted the whole pavilion, repaired the changing rooms and revamped the scorebox amongst other jobs.
The main aim of the club's 2011 weekend was to bring as many people down to help get it ready in preparation for the new season. The main focus was the redevelopment of the player’s pavilion, sparked by gaining a Yorkshire CCC 2nd Xl fixture against Derbyshire. The club felt that the changing facilities were not up to scratch and that something should be done before the fixture. With the support and advice form Ian Powell of the YCB it was suggested the club look to be the County Showcase for 2011.
Based in Yorkshire, Steeton have held NatWest CricketForce weekends since 2005. However, with a long list of chores in 2007, the club decided to spread the jobs over a month - a move which resulted in volunteers, both young and old, painting the pavilion, washing advertising boards and assembling a new sight screen.