Thursday 22 March 2007 

Hampshire Supports NatWest Cricket Force

On Friday 23rd March, Hampshire are turning out in force to support the ECB’s NatWest Cricket Force initiative. NatWest Cricket Force aims to be the largest volunteering initiative in sport during 2007. This valuable initiative involves volunteers investing their time and energy to assist local community cricket clubs in a range of projects.

The Hampshire 1st XI squad will be joined by staff from all departments at The Rose Bowl to assist in the pre season preparation of a local cricket club. Over 60 Hampshire staff will assist Burridge Cricket Club in various activities to improve the ground’s facilities ahead of the forthcoming cricket season. Hampshire’s eager volunteers have been organized into working parties lead by our ground staff to complete a number of important projects. These activities range from renovating the club’s changing rooms, scorer’s box and sightscreens, to landscaping and ditch clearing.

Burridge Cricket Club has received a donation of £24,000 from SITA through the Landfill Communities Fund for new nets at the club. A group of volunteers will be removing the old nets in preparation for the arrival of the new ones.

B&Q are also supporting the initiative by donating £750 worth of equipment and tools to help the project.

Hampshire’s participants will working at Burridge Cricket Club from 10:00am untill 4:00pm.