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England stars lend a hand at Bognor

Chris Tremlett

England paceman Chris Tremlett gets to work with a paintbrush at Bognor Regis CC today as part of NatWest CricketForce 2011

Chris Tremlett and Holly Colvin were among over 200 volunteers on duty as Bognor Regis CC became the latest club to benefit from NatWest CricketForce 2011.

The England internationals were joined by Mike Gatting, the ECB’s managing director of cricket partnerships, and MCC president and former Sussex captain John Barclay in helping to improve facilities at the club.

Chairman Bernie Burns told “People are working absolutely everywhere and we’re going to work on and on until it all gets finished. There’s just a phenomenal amount of work being carried out.”

A new electronic scoreboard represents one of the most eye-catching developments, while 155 people joined forces to paint a 300m long fence in just over 20 minutes.

New scoring and changing facilities have also been installed and Burns admits Bognor Regis are extremely grateful for the support they have received as one of three showcase clubs for this year’s event.

“It’s a great boost to the club and the community,” he added. “We’ve had help from the Prince’s Trust over the last few weeks and we’ve had a lot of help from Bognor Regis Town Council as well as national suppliers who have been involved with the ECB for some time, such as Build Center, Dulux and Jacksons Fencing.

"A lot of local suppliers have also given free of their time and materials, trades people and local suppliers, including our own PR people.

“The amount of work that has been done, I can’t say enough just how good it is and it’s very emotional actually that you can bring so many people together to carry out so much work in such a short period of time - and quality work.

“The important thing is it’s not slapdash; it’s being done properly, professionally and that is incredibly important.

Holly Colvin

Holly Colvin was also on hand to help out in painting a 300m fence in just over 20 minutes

“This impetus we’ve had from today I think will only inspire people to want to do more.”

Burns paid tribute to former England captain Gatting, who was commended for his hard work at Witham CC in Essex yesterday.

“He’s been no different today,” Burns explained. “He’s been laying a patio and he’s painted the fence along with the others; everyone has mucked in.

“Cricket is a very good team builder. It’s very good for young people and Bognor Regis Cricket Club will only benefit from the people that are here today and those who want to join the club.”