19th June, England v South Africa, 09:30 GMT
NatWest CricketForce has started in style with Old Wulfrunians Tettenhall Cricket Club enjoying a weekend of hard work and fun.
The Old Wulfs project was centred on their third team ground at Danescourt Road with the club renovating a virtually disused and vandalised changing area into brand new changing rooms and tea area.
Former England Womens captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint the first lady to captain England at Lords was amongst the guests who turned up to the event and was joined by the newest debutant in the England team Danielle Wyatt and Staffordshire women player Laura Malkin.
Danielle and Laura were at the ground on Saturday to help along the work parties.
The visitors saw a superb project taking place with a clearing of the overgrown areas having been done in the previous weeks by the work parties led by Dave Unitt.
The new car park was in place by Saturday saving all cars having to drive onto the ground.
The new kitchen kindly donated free by a local supplier was fitted on Sunday. There was painting including all the inside and outside of the pavillion, fitting of toilets and showers, new flooring, paving of the area outside, new fencing donated by a school placed around the pavillion.
There was a plentiful supply of hot food on both days and even with a partial monsoon on Saturday afternoon the volunteers enthusiasm didn't wane.
The club decided to have a CricketForce Raffle with a donated first prize of two tickets in the directors box at a Wolverhampton Wanderers game.
This prize was gratefully organised by Rachael Heyhoe Flint and her team at Wolves ‘In The Community’. The club made over £1,000 in the raffle which was drawn while celebrating the copious amounts of beer donated by Marstons brewery.
Gerald Williams, chairman of Staffordshire Cricket visited and said "NatWest CricketForce is a brilliant project for cricket clubs not only in Staffordshire where we have over 70 clubs registered but nationally where there is over 1600 clubs registered".
Cricket development manager Jason Britton and development team members Bob Askey, Alison Grimley and Andy Grice also spent time during the weekend working alongside the club.
Britton said "This is a great project that has real meaning in the development of cricket in this club with the users of this ground being juniors, third and fourth team cricketers."
Joe Bennett of Staffordshire University spent the weekend with the club has produced a video of the event, which you can view below, or click here.
Project Manager Dave Unitt commented “We want to recognise the club members that have had to put up with this facility for too long.
"This project will breath new life and finances into the club as well as new member. We hope NatWest CricketForce has a long lasting legacy at Old Wulfs”.
Any further enquiries about NatWest CricketForce in Staffordshire should be directed to Andy Grice 07831 158522 or email@example.com
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