Volunteers come out in force to boost club

Cricket Force day at Shipley Hall CC.
Cricket Force day at Shipley Hall CC.

VOLUNTEERS were out in force at Shipley Hall CC at the weekend as part of the national NatWest CricketForce Day scheme.

CricketForce is an England and Wales Cricket Board volunteering initiative aimed at rejuvenating the nation’s cricketing facilities.

It encourages cricket supporters, their friends and families to give something back to their local community cricket club by volunteering to undertake major renovations to clubhouses and grounds.

This typically takes place over a special weekend held before the start of the cricket season.

A record number of clubs have taken part in NatWest CricketForce 2011 with 1,914 registering, to surpass last year’s record of 1,642.

At Shipley Hall, between 15 and 25 volunteers were in action at various points in the day and were tasked with working on seven particular projects.

These jobs were: installing and unveiling a new electronic scoreboard, revamping a sightscreen which had been storm damaged, re-installing the fence line around the pavilion and refitting nets to both the mobile net system and fixed nets.

They were also involved in cleaning and renovating the pavilion, and installing new bar fittings.

All jobs were successfully completed, to the delight of those volunteers involved in CricketForce

In addition, outdoor training for juniors at the club got under way yesterday (Wednesday) from 6pm in preparation for the start of the season proper at the end of the month.

Shipley Hall CC will again be offering junior cricket for all ages from 8-18.

Anyone interested in getting involved in this is asked to contact the club for more details.