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CricketForce honour for Whittington


Presentation night at Whittington CC as club supporters gather to hear about CricketForce

Whittington Cricket Club has been chosen by Staffordshire Cricket as a county showcase club for NatWest CricketForce support during 2011.

A hundred or so souls gathered at Darnford Moors Golf Club on January 12 evening to hear an enthralling and slick presentation about how NatWest CricketForce could help Whittington achieve its aim to build a pavilion on its new ground.

Club players, former players, juniors, Mums and Dads, sponsors, local businessman, wives and girlfriends all crowded in to support the function, which was organized by the Club.

Richard Abell, club vice chairman and project leader, was the first to speak and reminded the assembly of the timetable of the project since its inception in 2001, which included the purchase of the land and then, last year the levelling and seeding.

"We were now in a position to start building a pavilion on the ground, even though external funding was not as plentiful as before," he said. "It will be a facility which a large part of the community will be able to use."

Richard was followed by Jason Britton, Cricket Development Manager for Staffordshire Cricket, who confirmed that Whittington had been selected as a Staffordshire Showcase Club and explained what that meant and how NatWest CricketForce could benefit the Club without actual financial support.

The main speaker of the evening was David Leighton, ECB's National Club Programmes Manager, who gave a most motivating talk about what can be achieved through volunteers with support from CricketForce. He certainly gave his audience much food for thought.

The final guest speaker was Bill Green, from Burton Technical College, who confirmed that his teams of students, studying building skills, would be available to carry out a lot of the work on the new pavilion, hopefully from the end of February.

To conclude the meeting, an appeal was made for sponsors, volunteers and businesses to consider what they might be able to do help provide building materials, labour and other support, particularly during the weekend of March 19-20, when a CricketForce weekend will be held at the new ground. Details of this will be published nearer the time.

Whittington CC

Bill Green (Head of Construction - Burton College), Richard Abell (Vice Chairman and project leader - Whittington CC), Jason Britton (Director of Development - Staffs Cricket Board) and David Leighton (ECB Club Programmes Manager)....the local construction college supporting the project will see students supervised by college staff helping the cricket club achieve it's return cricket is helping the college students achieve their NVQ's and at the same time creating more awareness of the college and what it offers... all through NatWest CricketForce