Whitwell CC has been rewarded for their forward thinking and innovative ideas ahead of their maiden NatWest CricketForce voyage, with a kit bag full Derbyshire County Cricket Club Clothing.
2011 is a landmark year for the club after deciding to register for NWCF for the first time. As part of the Derbyshire Cricket Board’s initiative to help clubs get the best out of the ECB’s showcase event, we asked clubs to answer the following question:
What do you want/aim to achieve from NatWest CricketForce 2011?
"This is Whitwell’s first year in the NatWest CricketForce – as a committee we were (are) nervous about whether we can make the day a success but already our goals are changing – from just trying to encourage a few of the “regulars plus one or two others” up to try and paint a storage container, we are now seeing interest from members of the community who we never expected to be interested. Most excitingly we are making contacts with other community groups who are keen to help us and we are genuinely amazed. For years we acted in isolation but in actual fact we should be at the centre of our community. Our goal has moved on from painting the container to making sure that the event shows us to be at the centre of our community."
Once the deadline for entries to the competition had past there was only one clear winner.
Alan Draycott, Whitwell CC’s Director of Youth Cricket, entered the completion on behalf of the club. On receiving the kitbag he said, "I would like to thank the Derbyshire Cricket Board all the support that they offer our small community club. We will definitely be making good use of this kit and I am sure that this will help us to galvanise both the club and the community”
Neil Birkitt, DCB Volunteer Coordinator added, “Whitwell CC has really bought into the NatWest CricketForce ethos and are looking to use it as a platform to reach out to the wider community. This will hopefully leave a lasting legacy that sees Whitwell CC go from strength to strength."
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