Ipswich laud local support
Ipswich Cricket Club insist the generosity of the local community will leave a lasting legacy on their Clay Hill ground.
The Suffolk outfit, one of five NatWest CricketForce showcase clubs, hope to carry out £50,000 of improvements this weekend but will only fork out a fraction of that figure due to backing from locals.
"Even in the current tough economic climate we have found people have been very generous and the total cost of the work to us will only be around £10,000," club chairman Graham Derry told East Anglian Daily Times.
"What the scheme has allowed us to do is to carry out projects that we would not normally have been able to start for two, three, four or even five years.
"It shows our commitment to take the club forward and how we are trying to establish the infrastructure of the ground as quickly as we can."
NatWest CricketForce encourages cricket supporters, their friends and families to give something back to their local community cricket club by volunteering to undertake major renovations to clubhouses and grounds.
This year more than 1,500 clubs have signed up - trumping last year's record - and this weekend's event is projected to see more than 85,000 volunteers donate around £40m in cash and kind.
Ipswich have earmarked 15 tasks to be carried out including building a new scorebox and scoreboard, a new barbecue, new decking area and fencing around various parts of the ground.
The club will also be laying the base for new changing rooms to accommodate two teams and umpires, which is costing just under £31,000, part-funded by England and Wales Cricket Board grant aid and club funds.
Linda Norton, who is overseeing the project and is writing a blog for ecb.co.uk, added that work has already taken place ahead of NatWest CricketForce weekend.
"A couple of projects have already been carried out under the scheme because people were available to do the work," she said.
"Some projects will be completed over the weekend, but others may take slightly longer."