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Woakes leads line at Moseley Ashfield

Chris Woakes & Felix Shears

Chris Woakes was involved in both painting and a coaching session for youngsters at Moseley Ashfield CC in Birmingham

England international Chris Woakes was among the Warwickshire players who helped out with NatWest CricketForce at Moseley Ashfield CC in Birmingham - Warwickshire's showcase club.

Woakes got stuck in with the paint brush on April 9 but was also involved in a coaching session for youngsters while mums, dads and club volunteers were hard at work sanding, sweeping, painting, scrubbing, renovating, cooking and cleaning the pavilion and ground.

Ireland star Boyd Rankin and fellow Warwickshire players Chris Metters and Tom Allin plus ECB coaches Cookie Patel and Gary Denstone also helped out with the coaching.

Moseley Ashfield chair Angela Brown said: “A huge thank you must go to the ECB coach education and NatWest employees who turned up in force, donated coaching equipment to the club, bought raffle prizes, worked on whatever was needed and arranged cricket coaching sessions for the younger members who were less interested in painting.

“Seeing Chris Woakes and Boyd Rankin giving coaching tips to our lads, some as young as four years old was truly inspirational. The boys thoroughly appreciated it and really enjoyed the experience (as I think did the Warwickshire players).

“As one of the parents said, it isn’t every day you receive coaching from an England player. The boys will remember this day for a very long time.”

Despite having a team in action against Durham MCCU, other players helping out across the county were Richard Johnson, Neil Carter, Laurie Evans and Andy Miller at Tanworth & Camp Hill CC. ECB and NatWest staff also leant a hand at Weoley Hill & Handsworth CC.

In all, 40 Warwickshire clubs took part in NatWest CricketForce's 10th year and ECB managing director of cricket partnerships Mike Gatting said: “I have seen fantastic things achieved by clubs through NatWest CricketForce over the years. It still amazes me the projects that can be completed when the community gets behind their local club.

“Over the last 10 years we have seen new pavilions built, pitches laid, nets and sight screens repaired and many litres of paint put to good use, long may it continue.”