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Under-19s help build pavilion

Kirby Muxloe Cricket Club in Leicestershire has been selected as a “showcase club” for a special event to be staged ahead of 2008 NatWest CricketForce next April.

After a recommendation by Chris Porter, Leicestershire and Rutland cricket board’s cricket development manager, the village cricket club was singled out for the January project.

It will comprise the building of brand new pavilion by around 150 volunteers, including the entire England Under-19 squad who will be taking part as a teambuilding exercise in preparation for the World Cup

Project manager Nigel Wain said: “We were delighted to be selected as a showcase club to launch the 2008 NatWest CricketForce promotion.

"Last weekend, 15 volunteers demolished the old pavilion and we propose to purchase a new wooden log-cabin style pavilion which will be twice the size of the old building and give us greatly improved facilities.

“We will also be painting, decorating, building decking for the pavilion frontage, and erecting picket fences and we have a “green” theme, wherever possible using low energy light bulbs, working with Severn Trent on water conservation and using reclaimed materials including bricks, wood and paint”.

David Leighton, ECB’s programmes manager said: “The ECB are delighted to be supporting Kirby Muxloe Cricket Club through NatWest CricketForce.

"This innovative approach involving the England Under-19 squad as a teambuilding exercise leading up to the World Cup in February has given the club the impetus to involve many other supporters from business and the local community.

"This has resulted in much improved facilities, greater involvement from volunteers from within the club membership and throughout the local community and opportunities for creating more income and involving enthusiastic people in the club in the future”.

Helen Page, marketing director, NatWest retail markets added: "The impact of NatWest CricketForce in local communities exceeds expectations every year.

"The massive effort that clubs, players, volunteers and our own bank staff put into this event can benefit facilities nationwide for years to come.

"As a bank we are focussed on supporting local communities and NatWest CricketForce offers us another way to play our part.”

The visit to Kirby Muxloe Cricket Club will form the final part of the England Under-19 squad’s teambuilding process before travelling to Sri Lanka and Malaysia for the Under-19 World Cup in January and February.

England Under-19 coach Andy Pick said: “It will be an opportunity to take them out of their comfort zones and see how they react to the challenges of the tasks that will develop the cricket club."

England Under-19 manager, John Abrahams, commented: “It is a good opportunity for these selected young cricketers to show good examples of leadership, social cohesion and responsibility and how they will represent England both on and off the field”.