The Sussex Sharks Squad will be swapping their cricket whites for paintbrushes and overalls this Saturday when they get involved with this year’s NatWest CricketForce at recreational cricket clubs across Sussex.
The Sussex Showcase club this year is Bexhill CC where Sussex stars Mike Yardy and Monty Panesar will help the club refurbish their pavilion. 15 other Sussex players and all Sussex staff will be visiting another 12 clubs around the county from 10-2pm on Saturday 27th March.
The 2010 NatWest CricketForce will be the biggest in the project’s nine-year history with more than 1,500 clubs taking part nationwide, 59 of which are in Sussex. There will be an estimated 85,000 volunteers taking part in the event over the weekend: a bigger volunteering programme than the Olympics. Over 3000 of these volunteers will be in Sussex.
This is the 3rd year that the Sussex players and staff have thrown their support to this grass roots cricket event. All the clubs taking part in NatWest CricketForce 2010 in Sussex will also receive 50 free tickets to watch the Sharks v Worcs CB40 game on the 19th July 2010.
Sussex Cricket is fully committed to supporting the recreational game and delighted to support this event, which is the largest volunteering event in the UK. The event not only helps clubs to get their grounds ready but more importantly is a community event and shows that cricket clubs are at the heart of the local community.
Andy Hobbs, Head of Recreational Cricket, said “This is a wonderful event which helps promote grass roots cricket. Not only will the clubs involved get their grounds ready for the season, but more importantly this community event is a great opportunity for clubs to recruit more volunteers. The 20,000 people in Sussex who play recreational cricket in Sussex greatly need the support of volunteers so it is a great opportunity for us to show our support”.
Mike Yardy, Sussex CCC Club Captain, said : “The players are really supportive of this event and enjoy getting out and in to the Clubs. Two thirds of our squad have come through the local Club network and appreciate the effort made by all those volunteers. CricketForce gives us the chance to say thank you and offer some of our time to give something back”.
NatWest CricketForce Events and Sussex Players Present:
Am – 10-12noon
Hellingly CC – Ragheb Aga, James Kirtley, Luke Wells
Seaford CC – Will Beer, Chris Liddle, Robin Martin-Jenkins
Portslade CC – Matt Machan, Ollie Rayner
Southwick CC – James Anyon, Ed Joyce, Ben Brown
Storrington CC – Michael Thornley, Chris Nash
Bexhill CC – Monty Panesar, Mike Yardy, Chad Keegan, Joe Gatting
Pm – 12.30-2pm
Bells Yew Green CC – Ragheb Aga, James Kirtley, Luke Wells
Hailsham CC – Will Beer, Chris Liddle, Robin Martin-Jenkins
St Andrews Burgess Hill CC – Matt Machan, Ollie Rayner
Laughton CC – James Anyon, Ed Joyce, Ben Brown
West Chiltington CC – Michael Thornley, Chris Nash
Bexhill CC – Monty Panesar, Mike Yardy
Hastings and St Leonards Priory CC - Chad Keegan, Joe Gatting
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