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NatWest CricketForce 2009 off to a flier!

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This year NatWest CricketForce registrations opened in June, two months earlier than last year (August). The purpose of this was to try and get in touch with people while the cricket season is still active

This has proved a good move as after eight weeks we have over 450 registrants!

Thanks to all of you who have registered, we hope that you’ve got your planning for your event well under way. We want to make NatWest CricketForce 2009 bigger and better than ever and it will be up to you to make sure that happens.

Start planning NOW what projects you want to achieve, how many volunteers you’ll need, what materials you’ll require, what publicity you’ll need etc, etc; it’s never to early to get planning!

The applications for our Go Green Club Fund have started to pick up pace; we have already allocated over £50,000 to clubs hoping to make themselves that little bit greener!

The successful project to come from the fund is at St Just CC in Cornwall which has just had solar panels installed on the roof of the club house (see pic below). We’d like to encourage all NatWest CricketForce clubs to look into the Go Green Fund as it’s a great way of getting some extra funding.

St Just CC

Green projects don’t just include solar panels and wind turbines; they can be double glazed windows and doors, building insulation, new boilers etc. Information on the Go Green Fund can be found here.

In tandem with the green theme of NatWest CricketForce we have got two big events coming up. Firstly, we are visiting the brand new Wolseley Sustainable Building Center in Leomington Spa on September 26 2008.

This building was completed in April this year and demonstrates the most up to date range of sustainable products. We opened the visit up to cricket club officials and have had a great response so hopefully these clubs will pick up a few energy saving tips while their there!

Secondly, following discussions with Carbon Aided, ten cricket clubs will be having carbon footprint assessments done to discover just how much they are using and how much they can save. The ten clubs are all different shapes and sizes and are spread geographically so we can get as much useful information as possible.

Once these assessments have taken place we will hopefully be able to use the information to help other clubs save not only energy but money too. Watch this space for more information.

Don’t forget about all of the help you get from our Official Supporters; over the last 12 months we added significantly to the list companies offering help to NatWest CricketForce registered clubs and we are hoping to add even more very soon.

There are some great offers and discounts available so make sure you don’t miss out; click here to see details of all of our Official Supporters and what benefits they are offering YOUR club!

If you have any questions about anything in this blog or any general enquiries about NatWest CricketForce then please contact the helpdesk – natwestcricketforce@ecb.co.uk