Volunteers from communities across England and Wales turned out in their thousands to roll up their sleeves at their local club as part of NatWest CricketForce last weekend.
This year’s instalment of the annual programme, which is designed to ensure clubs and grounds are ready for the upcoming season, saw 2,166 clubs take part.
With approximately 50,000 volunteers taking part, including 175 at showcase club Dymock CC in Gloucestershire, 60 at Happisburgh CC in Norfolk and 100 at Bedford CC, people power was very much the order of the weekend.
Lots of clubs took to social media to share their CricketForce stories. Here’s a small taste of what unfolded:
— Lancs Cricket Board (@LancsCB) April 4, 2016
An oldie but a goodie; many hands really do make light work.
Thank you to all those who helped with Cricketforce, lots of hands meant lots of work done. We’re very fortunate to have such help #NWCF
— Wadebridge CC (@wadebridge_cc) April 3, 2016
Even England’s World T20 final against West Indies didn’t distract from the jobs at hand.
— ChiswickCricketClub (@ChiswickCricket) April 3, 2016
Clubs badly affected by storms Desmond and Eva over the winter were also transformed by the CricketForce activities.
— Carlisle CC (@carlislecricket) April 3, 2016
Every single hour volunteered made a huge contribution.
— Codsall Cricket Club (@CodsallCricket) April 3, 2016
— Vicky Green (@Vicky_Green1) April 3, 2016
— Hailsham CC (@HailshamCC) April 2, 2016
Community spirit was to the fore as people of all ages and roles turned out to support their local club.
— Banstead CC (@Banstead_CC) April 2, 2016
Fantastic turnout for #NWCF today, 30+ seniors, ladies team, juniors, parents and committee members all represented! Thank you all!
— Vernon Carus CC (@VernonCaruscc) 2 April 2016
The final word goes to England Test captain, Alastair Cook, who sums up how invaluable CricketForce volunteer support is to clubs.
— ECB (@ECB_cricket) April 4, 2016