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Posted in NatWest CricketForce 2009

Over 80 people turned out to ‘hear what all the fuss is about’ at our NatWest CricketForce 2009 seminar. They were not disappointed!

Right from the moment they entered the well-prepared room, the audience at Highway Cricket Club, Coventry, knew that this was a little bit special.

With the help of the ECB, or more specifically David Leighton, the masses that gathered at the club were shown how the club can restore its glory days that now seem a million years ago.

Highway CC Dave Leighton

ECB's Dave Leighton explains the NatWest CricketForce concept to the gathered Highway CC massse

Volunteers were beginning to come out of hiding, and businesses were excited at the prospect, asking question after question regarding how they can help, what can they do, when can they do it etc.

Support from Warwickshire CCC, new NWCF recruit Durrant Sports, Wolesely Build Centre, and the local volunteering body as well as NatWest, was well received on the night, and helped create that community feel in our club that has been missing for a long time.

Okay, we outlined our projects, including a refurbished members lounge-come-snooker room-come meeting room-come scorebox-come viewing area, as well as a complete freshen up of our changing rooms, showers and toilets - but to name a few. Volunteer-wise, we will need as many people as we can get.

If somebody tells you that they have potentially well over 100 people that can help, you begin to think the usual: “That would be great if…” and “That’s too good to be true”. Not any more! Because not only did we have the support of the ECB and WCCC, we have the unconditional support of our local district, Coventry District Cricket Board who provided a handful of representatives to the seminar. CDCB are making massive strides towards bridging the gap between club and county cricket, but also making club cricket in Coventry the best it possibly can be.

The district board, pioneered by Karl Bowes among many others, have pledged their support for the weekend, insisting that all seven of their squads (U9, U11, U13, U14, U15, U17 and U19) attend to help with the project that is not just touching the Highway Cricket Club, or the local community of Tile Hill, but the district of Coventry, and the county Warwickshire.

Thank you to everybody who supported us at the seminar, and keep posted for more information!

We are delighted to announce the support of the following, which have already begun to help us in NWCF 09: