Record clubs total in 2011

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A record number of clubs will be taking part in NatWest CricketForce in 2011, with the total registered already having surpassed last year's mark of 1,642.

That 2010 record participation saw an estimated 85,000 volunteers help throughout the CricketForce weekend - a number that looks set to be beaten, with a total club figure towards 2,000 a real possibility as we’re now at 1,654 and counting!

CricketForce is an England and Wales Cricket Board volunteering initiative aimed at rejuvenating the nation’s cricketing facilities.

CricketForce encourages cricket supporters, their friends and families to give something back to their local community cricket club by volunteering to undertake mjor renovations to clubhouses and grounds.

NatWest CricketForce 2011 will run from April 8-10, and clubs can sign up online for the largest volunteering event in sport in England and Wales

The first 1750 clubs to register will receive 30 free T-shirts so don't wait, sign up today!

Don't miss out - so click here to register

The ECB's showcase clubs for the event are Essex-based club Witham CC, Bognor Regis CC from Sussex, and Sawley & Long Eaton Park CC, who are situated in Derbyshire.

ECB's Club Programmes Manager, Dave Leighton, said: "NatWest CricketForce has reached another milestone with record numbers of volunteers about to embark on improving club facilities over the weekend of April 8-10. In excess of 87,000 volunteers will support community cricket clubs in England and Wales to improve facilities both on and off the field.

"In 2010 we had 1642 clubs participate and with seven weeks to go we have already surpassed that number for what promises to be an unbelieveable event.

"In the current finanacial climate Self Help, Generating Income and Saving Money are all themes that the ECB at Community Club Level are promoting and this event encapsulates all of these. New and more welcoming facilities will bring more people in to our cricket clubs and as a result will bring skills, knowledge and attributes to help galvanise the membership and community.

"This in turn will help recruit new social members, supporters and players and promote a 'can do' attitude throughout the club.If your club has not currently registered then you are going to miss out unless you go to ecb.co.uk/natwestcricketforce and register ASAP."

Whittington CC

Work going on at Whittington CC in Staffs, with the new pavilion up to floor level, in the run up to their NatWest CricketForce event for 2011