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Fundraisers aim to raise thousands

NatWest CricketForce Fundraisers aim to raise thousands for grassroots clubs

Michael Vaughan calls on clubs to begin planning for Fundraising Festivals over the August Bank Holiday weekend (August 28-30)

NatWest CricketForce, the biggest volunteering initiative in UK sport with over 85,000 volunteers, aims to raise thousands of pounds for grassroots cricket clubs during the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Marking the launch of the first ever NatWest CricketForce Fundraiser, former England captain Michael Vaughan is encouraging clubs to celebrate the Bank Holiday by creating fundraising events to assist ongoing club refurbishment and funds for new equipment.

NatWest CricketForce Fundraiser

Supporting the inaugural NatWest CricketForce Fundraiser weekend Michael Vaughan has signed and donated 100 cricket bats, which are up for grabs for the first 100 clubs to register their event. The signed bats can be used by clubs to auction as part of their fundraising day, which could include anything from a T20 match and coaching sessions to BBQs, cricket quizzes, kids face painting and cake stalls.

Clubs registering for the NatWest CricketForce Fundraiser weekend in August will also be in with the chance of winning the exclusive opportunity for a current England player to visit their club. To secure the once in a lifetime visit tell us in 200 words why your club should win and email natwestcricketforce@ecb.co.uk

Generating vital funds for clubs, NatWest and the ECB are recommending the money raised by clubs during the Fundraiser weekend is used for short term requirements but also put towards regeneration projects during the 2011 NatWest CricketForce weekend which takes place on the April 8-10 2011.

NatWest and ECB are aiming to break the record from 2010 of 1,642 clubs and asking clubs to register and join the biggest volunteer programme in sport. Register your club online right now

David Leighton, ECB Club Programmes Manager, said: "Cricket clubs at all levels of the game rely on the financial support of the players and local communities who enjoy the facilities. The NatWest CricketForce Fundraiser events will provide a second NatWest CricketForce date in the diary allowing clubs to come together and have some Bank Holiday fun and in the process raise money."

Helen Page, NatWest Managing Director for Marketing, added: "NatWest CricketForce has grown into the most successful volunteering initiative in UK sport. As NatWest celebrate 30 Years supporting cricket we remain committed to working with the ECB to create new campaigns, such as the NatWest CricketForce Fundraiser weekend to improve and sustain grassroots cricket.

"We encourage clubs across England and Wales to enjoy the Bank Holiday and get involved."

Joining the NatWest CricketForce Fundraiser weekend in August will be a number of current and former England cricket stars who will be heading to a showcase event at Prestwich Cricket Club in Lancashire.

To register your club for the NatWest CricketForce Fundraiser weekend and receive a range of posters, leaflets and information to help organise and promote your event email: natwestcricketforce@ecb.co.uk

NatWest CricketForce is the biggest annual volunteering event in UK Sport which celebrated a record year in 2010 when it grew for the eighth consecutive year with a record 1642 clubs taking part. In addition, more than 85,000 volunteers, including over 500 NatWest staff, county and England players, helped out at their local clubs during CricketForce 2010.

2010 marks NatWest’s 30th consecutive season as a sponsor of English Cricket. Over the past 30 years, NatWest has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to cricket at community level. In addition to sponsoring youth cricket across the country since the 1980s, NatWest has also been the title sponsor of NatWest CricketForce, the ECB’s community and grassroots programme since 2005.

As part of the 2010 NatWest Customer Charter, NatWest has committed to offering all of their employees a day off for local voluntary work with the aim of providing 7,000 days of community volunteering in 2010

A showcase NatWest CricketForce Fundraiser event will run on Monday 30th August at Prestwich Cricket Club.

Prestwich CC participates in the Lancashire County League and is based in North Manchester. The club has recently been awarded Grant Aid funding from ECB to build new changing rooms and a refurbished pavilion.

Furthermore, they have regularly participated in NWCF and as a result have increased membership and have the capacity for raising further funds and therefore completing further projects for NWCF 2011.