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Thirty cricket clubs from Leicestershire and Rutland attended the construction college workshop to find out how they can work with construction colleges in Leicestershire.

In 2011 the Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket Board agreed a service level agreement with two major construction colleges to support new builds and renovations for cricket clubs in the County. From this two cricket clubs signed up to NatWest CricketForce 2011 formed links with a college for two different projects.

Kirby Muxloe CC linked up with South Leicestershire College to build a disabled ramp for their pavilion. The commercial cost of a project like this is estimated to be around £3000 but Kirby Muxloe only paid £320 to cover cost of materials.

South Leicestershire College

Students from South Leicestershire College after completing the disabled ramp at Kirby Muxloe CC

After one of the lecturers visited the club to take measurements and estimate material costs, the students were then able to compete the project in two days.

Also during NWCF 2011, Thorpe Arnold CC worked with Brooksby Melton College construction department to build an enclosure for their electronic scoreboard.

Originally the electronic scoreboard was bolted onto wooden supports and dismantled at the end of every season. The college students planned and built the enclosure giving a total of 30 hours of voluntary work for the project. This saved Thorpe Arnold CC an estimated £775 in labour costs in the project.

Thorpe Arnold CC

Before and after images of Thorpe Arnold CC electronic scoreboard

NatWest CricketForce 2012

The NWCF 2012 workshop was attended by representatives of South Leicestershire, Brooksby Melton College and newly on board Leicester College who presented the work their construction departments can offer affiliated cricket clubs.

The colleges explained that students can support projects and provide labour free of charge, reducing the costs of projects dramatically. The work cricket clubs can offer during NWCF enhances the college students learning and job satisfaction as it gives them real life projects to work with.

When learning at the college, most of the students work is demolished so that space can be created for the next student to work in, which can be demoralising.

The colleges have students studying a number of courses, which can hugely reduce the costs of projects such as a new builds or renovations. The colleges are able to provide support to cricket clubs in the following areas:

  • Joinery
  • Carpentry
  • Brickwork
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Plumbing and Electric
  • Engineering and Machinery Repair

During the workshop clubs were also given a tour of the impressive facilities at South Leicestershire College and a chance to sign up NWCF 2012 if they hadn’t already done so.

All the clubs who attended gave very positive feedback and were excited with the services provided by the colleges. All of them responded to feedback questionnaires feeling their club could offer some sort of project to the colleges either this year or coming years.

One club member described the workshop as ‘absolutely brilliant – gives so many ideas’ and another describing the presentations given by the colleges as ‘food for thought!’

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