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Sussex out in force again

Following the success of NatWest CricketForce 2008, Sussex CCC were again doing their part to help cricket clubs around the county in 2009.

Sussex organised their own county showcase event, which took place at Hailsham Cricket Club on Saturday April 4, with Mike Yardy and Sussex newcomer Ed Joyce present to help out- and SCCC also had a presence at 11 other events across the county.

Michael Yardy

Michael Yardy

Andy Hobbs, Head of Recreational Cricket, said: “NatWest CricketForce is a brilliant event. Through this weekend clubs can really engage with their local community and, as well as getting their ground ready for the season, with nearly 3,000 volunteers taking part in the event, this is a great opportunity for clubs to recruit some longer term volunteers, as grassroots cricket relies almost entirely on such people. It’s great to see so many clubs taking advantage of this.”

NatWest CricketForce 2009 involved 51 clubs in Sussex, with around 3,000 volunteers taking part, including players such as new SCCC captain Yardy and the 2009 beneficiary Murray Goodwin.

The result is a massive £1.25 million of investment in grassroots cricket in Sussex. All clubs also receive 50 free tickets to watch a NatWest Pro40 game later in the season.

Dave Brooks, Chief Executive of Sussex Cricket, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the county club and the recreational game to join forces and build partnerships in cricket throughout Sussex at all levels.

"It’s fantastic to think that all of our players, staff and board members will be out and about taking part in the NatWest CricketForce weekend.”