NatWest CricketForce 2006


England's Alastair Cook and Monty Panesar get busy with the paintbrushes at Upminster CC on NatWest CricketForce 2006 launch day © Getty Images

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

In total, 1,050 clubs across England and Wales registered to take part in NatWest CricketForce 2006 over the weekend of April 8/9, seeing around 70,000 volunteers at work, and bringing £25 million worth of investment to clubs from the local community and businesses.

The first 1000 clubs registered received FREE OF CHARGE from ECB and NatWest a registration pack including a number of T-shirts, a commemorative plaque and the fabulous hardbound book ‘Cricket – Celebrating the Modern Game Around the World’.

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The ECB wishes to thank everyone who committed to NatWest CricketForce 2006. In particular, we would like to thank the following companies for their significant contribution nationally:

  • Daktronics UK Ltd (electronic scoreboards)
  • Climate Cover (turf covers)
  • H & R Johnson Tiles (tiles and tiling products)
  • Barlows
  • Hilton Hotels (curtains and lamps)
  • Pearsons PLC (storage)
  • Cobra Beer

Darwen Keedy Smith

Lancashire's Gary Keedy and Tom Smith are snapped with the delighted grandchildren of Darwen CC's CricketForce coordinator Ian Cordingley

We would also like to thank all NatWest staff who gave up their time to volunteer.

And Cricket Development Managers at County Boards, Regional Support Officers, Community Supporting Partners, Volunteer organizations and all ECB staff who have contributed to this fantastic initiative.

Further information:

Whatever your query, whatever information you need, you can contact the NatWest CricketForce help desk via email at

Swindon Hick Sewing

NatWest CricketForce has the ability to throw up things you won't see elsewhere, like Graeme Hick sewing curtains at Swindon CC in Staffordshire!

Look back on NatWest CricketForce 2005 - audio/video, photo galleries, club anecdotes and a raft of information