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Leading light in Wiltshire

Posted in NatWest CricketForce 2010

It wasn’t long after registering for NatWest CricketForce 2010 that our county board announced that they wanted to make us the spearhead club for Wiltshire.

“Crikey,” was our reaction. "Where do we start?"

Following a meeting with our Regional Volunteer Manager Ally Jarvis and County Development Manager Pete Sykes, the committee members were raring to go to make it a success and the weekend in March was etched into the diary.

Job lists were drawn up and project managers were identified as we began to work out the materials needed for the tasks along with working out a recruitment drive for getting volunteers involved from within the club, family members and the local community.

Our projects include laying of a new patio to house our new brick built BBQ, erecting a new smoking shelter, replacing of ball-stop fencing, washing down of outside furniture and pitch covers, repairing wooden furniture and a lot of painting – indoor school, changing rooms, sight screens, score box, officials’ changing shed, weatherproofing outside wooden benches.

As preparation for the main weekend we held a couple of working party days where a small group of volunteers got together to carry out some light tasks such as weed clearing, shrub/tree trimming and the like.

Support for the weekend continues to grow and after making initial contact with Jon the manager of the Build Center – our CricketForce Co-ordinator had a meeting to discuss our requirements in more detail to which Jon agreed to support our projects and provide the key materials needed.

Alongside securing the materials supplier, work on generating an adequately sized volunteer workforce continues with many parents coming forward wanting to get involved. To assist with any potential childcare issues, we’ve arranged for a couple of our coaches to lead on some coaching sessions and also some bouncy castles have been arranged to keep them occupied whilst parents work.

Another issue to resolve was where we were going to feed/administer our workforce as our clubhouse is used by West Wilts Hockey Club in the winter and on our CricketForce weekend, they have seven matches scheduled requiring post match refreshments throughout the day.

To avoid the clubhouse being overrun with hungry bodies – we’ve approached the Army with regards to borrowing a tent large enough to be used as a registration/feeding station for our workforce. It’s turning into a real community effort as they have agreed. We now need an additional working party to erect the tent.

What makes the day even more exciting is the recent news received from Ally that both Giles Clarke and Charlotte Edwards will be visiting us on our main activity day. This has just added to the buzz around the club about getting involved and preparing for the new season.

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