Kirkstall pave the way for success
Kirkstall Educational Cricket Club in Leeds, the closest club ground to the famous Headingley Test arena, are literally paving the way to a better ground with their NatWest CricketForce 2005 initiative.
The club, which is just a six-hit away from the home of Yorkshire, are landscaping the areas around the clubhouse to make the venue a more attractive place for all concerned.
As well as the new paving, a multitude of other improvements will be made. A new kitchen is being provided courtesy of Magnet, the tea room and changing rooms are being totally refitted, Howden Kitchen's have provided 10 new internal and external doors for the pavilion and members will be repainting the whole of the interior.
Club chairman Nick Davis said: “The main task we wanted to achieve was totally relandscaping the front of our clubhouse, making it a more attractive and safer viewing area for players, members, juniors and spectators alike.
“The area was previously made up of uneven concrete and somewhat limited in size. As this has been such a large task to undertake, preliminary work began six weeks ago and since then we have had volunteers down every weekend.
“The response we have had from the local community and businesses has been overwhelming, with around £20,000 worth of materials being supplied free of charge!
"Jewson's alone have contributed in the region of £10,000 worth of goods including high-quality block-paving slabs which will really be the icing on the cake.”
The club will be one of around 650 taking part in NatWest CricketForce this weekend and officials are delighted at the response of the local community.
Davis added: “We are now building up to the NatWest CricketForce weekend itself, when we expect to have around 100 volunteers down to help complete all the jobs.
“Our neighbours will be helping us out with members of the Leeds Tykes and Leeds Rhinos rugby teams in attendance.
“Yorkshire will be away that weekend getting some pre-season practice in but have promised to be in attendance when we have our Grand Opening later in the month.
“The whole project has galvanised the entire community and is a great source of pride to us all.”