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Proven track record

Posted in NatWest CricketForce 2010

Our chairman Colin Dodds said "some years ago we took on NatWest CricketForce and to some surprise it has over the years been a resounding success”.

Why shouldn’t it be a success? It’s a great idea with a proven track record.

Since the introduction at Gloucester City Winget we have upgraded our changing facilities, giving opportunities to ladies and disability players to enjoy cricket as well as our youth and men’s’ cricket teams.

With the help of our volunteers more recently we have added a four lane all-weather net facility and new clubhouse facilities including a conference facility, Wi-Fi, new bar, toilets and kitchen all with the great efforts volunteers and some tradesman usually club members.

This year's NatWest CricketForce sees our volunteers looking at the outside of the building with a patio area and some permanent parking areas instead of damaging the grass and, of course, the traditional lick of paint on the changing rooms. Sometimes, working together, we even get the paint on the wall. Pretty representative of the 1st team who struggle to hit anything.

Ideally, if finance will allow it, we intend to build a separate garage facility to enclose our ground equipment. This would also encompass a scorers' box and hopefully a fully automated electronic scoreboard which under the circumstances mentioned below would be great timing for the arrival of county cricket.

Gloucester City Winget CC, with 190 years behind us, is an inner city club with strong community valves. This can be seen across our multi-culture teams and community events.

It’s great to see these people working together as it is often the source of much amusement. Trying to co-ordinate these people and the different work ethics employed lends to some fantastic quotes and much merriment.

In April we see Gloucestershire Second XI take to our club and we hope to bring the main county team back for festivals and potentially a T20 match.

With the preparation and development work being carried out it is making our club an enjoyable place to go enjoy cricket. The club members and playing members are now a highly motivated team willing to take on any task - this is now making a successful club both on and off the pitch.

Gloucester City Winget has 100 members and only 20 of these are over the age of 19. As youth chairman and head coach it has been testimony to the committee and playing members to take on such an aggressive youth development policy within the club which has seen many senior players retire safe in the knowledge that the future of the club is secure.

These young men can be seen on display during NatWest CricketForce, brush in hand, practicing their best strokes on the front and back foot if you don’t keep an eye on them.