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Vaughan makes early start

Vaughan Baslow CC

Former England cricket Captain and NatWest ambassador Michael Vaughan visited Baslow Cricket Club to find out how their preparations were coming along for NatWest CricketForce 2011 and also lend a hand.

“I live just over the hill from Baslow so it’s great to come down and find out what the club’s plans are for this year’s NatWest CricketForce,” said Vaughan.

“2011 is set up to be the biggest year yet as over 1,600 clubs have already signed up to get involved in the event. NatWest CricketForce is a great initiative for grassroots clubs like Baslow to get the whole community involved in sprucing up the club before the start of the season.”

Leading by example, Michael mucked in with some vital jobs around the club that will be familiar to all NatWest CricketForce volunteers.

Vaughan Baslow

During the course of the day he set about painting the perimeter boards, raking the hedges and even had time to give the mower a run out across the outfield.

“Having seen Andrew Strauss, Mike Gatting, Swanny, Charlotte Edwards and
thousands of volunteers rolling up their sleeves to help out at NatWest CricketForce last year, I thought I would head down to my local club and see how their plans and preparations were shaping up for this year’s event.”

With the vast majority of cricket clubs surviving on a shoestring budget, NatWest CricketForce gives volunteers the chance to put something back into the game at grassroots level by sustaining clubs and in turn benefiting local communities.

There will be more NatWest staff taking part than ever before this year, with three showcase events at Witham CC, Bognor Regis CC and Sawley and Long Eaton CC.

“Hundreds of NatWest staff and people volunteering at clubs across the country is really important because there are lots of different types of jobs that need doing to ensure a club can continue running and provide great facilities for its players and the local community,” added Vaughan.

“This year we hope that NatWest CricketForce will inspire more people to find out what’s happening at their local club and get involved with everything from making the teas, preparing the pitch and coaching junior teams to club administration and fundraising.

“There’s still time for you and your club to get involved. Whatever your skills are there is a job for everyone.”

As part of NatWest’s long-running support to ensure the sustainable development of local cricket clubs, NatWest has produced an impartial financial guide, that can be used by everyone from Chairpersons to Treasurers, Volunteer Coordinators to Sponsorship Committees - every member, parent and player in between.

It provides practical, inspiring & informative guidance that will help you manage and boost your club’s finances, with sections on funding sources, such as grants and sponsorship and guidance on how to make the most of fundraising opportunities and harnessing the skills and dedication of your members and also takes a look at how NatWest CricketForce can benefit your club.

To download this useful guide, visit natwest.com/cricket & go to the Grassroots section