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Stovold at Frocester for NatWest CricketForce

With the Gloucestershire CCC squad away on their pre-season tour, Gloucestershire’s Cricket Development Manager Andy Stovold headed out to represent GCCC at Frocester Cricket Club on NatWest CricketForce 2007 weekend.

Stovold was at Frocester to support their NatWest CricketForce event, running a Parents and Helpers Course at the Pounds Close ground. He put 15 parents through their paces, giving them plenty of ideas for supporting the club’s qualified coaches for this season’s youth programme.

Frocester’s NatWest CricketForce co-ordinator, Eric Woodmason, was delighted with the turnout and said: “Last season, we had 194 children registered with our youth structure, so this season we could break the 200 barrier.

"I’m really grateful that Stov managed to fit the course in over the NatWest CricketForce weekend. We need all the help we can get and I’m sure the parents will be able to bring some much-needed assistance to our coaches."

There was also a good turnout of club members for the NatWest CricketForce work itself. The Evans clan and Nick Wilkins cleaned the roof, gutters and drains, whilst the Birds, father and son, decorated the lounge.

The Davis brothers repaired benches and laid slabs around the scorebox and storeroom, whilst Dean Evans and Phil Herbert led a team repairing one of the sightscreens, which was in an extremely sorry state. The Bray and Birch families cleaned the carpets and gave both bars a good springclean, while Nev Gardner, inevitably, tended to his beloved ground.

More paint and brushes were in use with Dave Whincup, Tony Clarkson and Cec Downey sprucing up the visitors' changing room and Derek Purchase gave the flagpole a much needed coat of paint.

Frocester are also very grateful to Coaley CC, whose members painted the new extension to the pavilion at the St Peters Ground.