Do you need help building a new score box, laying a new patio, renovating a changing room or simply revamping a tired old pavilion, but the quotes you have sourced are way too expensive and there is nobody at the club who can help?
Why not get in contact with your County Board and outline a project which your local construction or agriculture college may be able to carry out.
As part of NatWest CricketForce 2009, 2010 and 2011 students and staff from Construction Colleges and Departments in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Gloucester, Essex, Warwickshire and Yorkshire have helped at a number of participating clubs to build disabled ramps, fitting kitchens, decorating club houses, building side screens, tiling showers, and plastering changing room walls.
In 2011 a number of colleges in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Gloucestershire have signed a Construction College SLA (2.5 MB) to further help cement and establish links between colleges and County Boards in order for clubs to reap the benefits.
The partnership between County Boards and Construction Colleges also allows students to gain much needed on site practical experience.
David Leighton, ECB National Club Programmes Manager, said: "It's fantastic to have so many Colleges fully engaged with NatWest CricketForce. Students from the construction departments have really made an impact on the development and refurbishment of cricket club facilities.
"With all these colleges on board, more clubs in these counties are able to take on projects they could not previously manage, such as building access ramps and improving changing facilities, which benefit all existing and future cricket club members."
- Clubs building constructive relationships - read our feature on Leicestershire clubs benefitting from Construction College tie-ups
To help cricket clubs we’ve created the templates below to help you begin the process to start working with Construction Colleges:
- Cricket Club and Construction College - Guidance Note (427 KB)
- Working with Construction Colleges - Action Plan (145 KB)
- Top Tips for working with Construction Colleges (209 KB)*
- Letter to Construction Colleges (74 KB)*
- Presentation to Construction College (2.3 MB)*
If you want to find out more about the benefits of cricket clubs working with Construction Colleges then read about the experiences of these clubs in Leicestershire: