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Woakes leads Warks support

NatWest CricketForce will be the focus of cricketing activities in Warwickshire on Saturday April 9.

Moseley Ashfield Cricket Club, based at Yardley Wood Road, Birmingham is taking full advantage of being selected as the Warwickshire Cricket Board Showcase Club for NatWest CricketForce and has encouraged existing and potential members to volunteer their time and expertise to renovate their 100 year old clubhouse and ground.

Chris Woakes

NatWest Cricket Force encourages cricket supporters to give something back to their local community cricket club by volunteering to help revitalize and improve local cricket facilities. The work carried out by volunteers is crucial to the clubs who play an integral role in ensuring that cricket is available for everybody in the community.

England and Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes (left) will be joining in with the work and helping the club run its Kwik Cricket tournament. Fresh back from the West Indies with England Lions Chris said: "All players start their cricket careers at local clubs and it is crucial that we support the game’s development.

"Good facilities and a fun environment can be the difference between youngsters staying with cricket or not and NatWest CricketForce helps make clubs a real focus for community sports activities and volunteering opportunities."

Moseley Ashfield has also enlisted the help of Warwickshire players Keith Barker and Steffan Piolet, as well as the ECB’s Coach Education Employees based at Edgbaston and local NatWest staff.

Michelle Cole, Mosely Ashfield CC, added: “We can’t wait for Chris, Steffan, Keith, NatWest and the ECB to join us in renovating our 100-year-old clubhouse. We want as many volunteers as possible on NatWest Cricket Force weekend. So, if you wish to be painting alongside a Warwickshire star, join us from 9.30 am!”

Elsewhere in the County Warwickshire’s young guns Tom Allin, Ateeq Javid and Laurie Evans will be working hard at Tanworth & Camp Hill CC in Solihull.

And the ECB’s Association of Cricket Officials, NatWest staff, and the local probation service will all be chipping in at Handsworth CC in Birmingham’s north west inner city. The club has been promoted into the Birmingham League for the first time in its history and is now pulling out all the stops.

Coventry’s showcase club is Massey Ferguson CC and the district’s cricketers from the Under 11s to the 19s will be piling in to lend a hand there alongside the coaching staff.

Thirty-six other Warwickshire clubs are involved, all doing similar events with a local flavour.