Organisers bowled over by positive response to big cricket club clean-up project

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Cricket clubs in Dacorum are being urged to a sign up to a national scheme to help spruce up their grounds in time for the start of the 2014 campaign.

With just under one month to go until the 13th annual NatWest CricketForce weekend, a record-breaking 2,014 cricket clubs have already registered to take part in the three-day event, which will see facilities rejuvenated and prepared across the country for the forthcoming season.

From Friday April, 4 to Sunday April, 6, tens of thousands of club members and volunteers will come together to clean, tidy, repair and revitalise clubhouses and cricket grounds before the season gets under way.

In addition to bringing players, members and the community together, the 2014 NatWest CricketForce programme will result in several million pounds’-worth of time and resource being invested into clubs.

ECB chief executive David Collier said: “For more than 2,000 clubs to have already signed up to NatWest CricketForce, with one month still to go before the event, is a superb achievement.

“NatWest CricketForce continues to grow every year, and it is fantastic to see that clubs clearly value the initiative as a way to make sure that they start the season on the front foot.

“In addition to benefitting from the work and generosity of volunteers, by registering for NatWest CricketForce clubs can access exclusive discounts on a range of cricket and ground equipment through ECB partnerships with multiple key suppliers. It really is the perfect platform from which to start the summer.”

Former England captain and ECB’s Managing Director of Cricket Partnerships, Mike Gatting, added: “It is wonderful news that a record-breaking number of clubs have already registered to hold a NatWest CricketForce event, and with one month to go until the big day, there is still time for those who haven’t yet signed-up to get involved.

“Since NWCF started in 2002, thousands of cricket clubs up and down the country have seen their fortunes turned around because of the long term impact that the programme has had.

“Not only is it a great way to get lots of jobs done and raise spirits before the season starts, it’s also a proven way to recruit new members and volunteers into the club, along with building strong relationships with local businesses and the wider community.

“In particular, the challenges presented by the nationwide floods at the start of this year, means that the 2014 NatWest CricketForce effort is more important than ever before.

“Cricket clubs across the country represent the lifeblood of the sport, and it is hugely important that we all pull together and look after playing facilities.”

For more information about how to register for NatWest CricketForce please visit www.ecb.co.uk/natwestcricketforce