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NatWest CricketForce email update - December 2004

Thank-you for registering your club for NatWest CricketForce 2005. The ECB will be sending you occasional emails to keep you up to date with the latest CricketForce information.

We will be working closely with NatWest over the final weeks of the year to finalise plans for support from local NatWest branches and staff for clubs registered to take part in CricketForce. NatWest plan to match staff interested in providing support with a suitable cricket club - and we will bring you further details in due course.

We would be grateful if you could ensure that the correct event title NatWest CricketForce 2005 is used on all publicity and materials that you produce locally.

NatWest have also agreed that the NatWest Community Cashback Scheme will form part of the package. NatWest staff are allowed one Community Cashback Award per year.

The scheme was set up to reward those staff who give their time for their personal benefit. Existing NatWest cricket players/coaches etc who already claim annually for their club will not be able to claim an additional amount.

But if new NatWest employees become involved of their own accord they will qualify for a Community Cashback Award which will go to the cricket club they volunteer at. We will match all staff who wish to become involved with NatWest CricketForce 2005 with a suitable cricket club that has registered with us.

Other companies may offer Community Cashback Schemes - it is worth asking cricket Club members to ask their own employers.

We are planning to coordinate the delivery of commemorative CricketForce plaques (to leave each club with a legacy), T-shirts (numbers to be determined) and any other potential merchandise items to the address of the organiser registered by mid-March 2005.

Some clubs are involving Duke of Edinburgh scheme children in their plans, this is a great source of volunteer help.

The Whitbread group have indicated that they are willing to let cricket clubs have unwanted furniture and fittings from their hotels. Again we will look to match hotels with cricket clubs that have registered.

Other hotels on a local basis may also be interested and we would encourage cricket clubs to ask locally.

Cricket Clubs should also be encouraged to contact all local volunteer bureaus and other volunteer agencies on a local basis. You can find more help on sourcing volunteers on the ECB website.

Best wishes

The NatWest CricketForce 2005 team