CricketForce Launch A Success
The weekend of March 28th and 29th saw the inaugural Jewson CricketForce events take place across Scotland. While there are a number of events still to take place over the coming weeks, the opening weekend was a huge success.
Over 25 clubs from across the country have signed up to the scheme to run great club events in preparation for the coming season. Jewson CricketForce is all about cricket clubs engaging with their members and communities to upgrade and prepare their facilities for the coming season. There`s no doubt that welcoming and quality facilities provide the basis for successful clubs and through this programme Cricket Scotland have hoped to help clubs achieve this.
As part of the opening weekend, Cricket Scotland selected 3 clubs to get some additional support for their projects. Those clubs selected were: Marchmont CC, Brechin Buccaneers and Galloway CC.
The club events involved a range of activities including cleaning out of storage areas, cleaning clubhouses, rolling pitches, drying out covers, moving signage boards, trimming trees and hedges, scrapping and painting clubhouses, and they even managed to get some games of cricket in!
The clubs received support from Cricket Scotland staff and National team players during the weekend which was a fantastic way of bringing the whole cricket community together.
Acting Head of Community Development, Ian Sandbrook, commented “The Jewson CricketForce weekend was a fantastic success. It was brilliant to see so many clubs engaging and getting into the spirit of the programme, and the national team players and staff connecting with grassroots cricket. Ultimately, we`re all in this together and programmes like Jewson CricketForce can only help to forge a strong cricket community in Scotland.”
I would like to thank Jewson our naming rights sponsor for their fantastic support of this club initiative. They are committed to helping local communities and their support made this programme possible. Also, to our other supporters – Insuring Sport and Simpson & Partners – thank you for coming on board and helping build our range of benefits to clubs.
Below are a number of great photos from the events around the country. We are still taking registrations if clubs wish to engage and run events, simply fill in the registration form on the `CricketForce` page and return to the details provided.
Gavin Wilson from Marchmont CC said - "It was great for Marchmont to be supported by staff and players of Cricket Scotland (some recently returned from the World Cup) in our pre-season club day, where we carried out pitch and equipment maintenance, and rejuvenated the round house. We finished off the day with a fielding session run by the guys, which was great preparation for the season ahead and gave our coach some innovative training ideas."
Grant Hutchison from Brechin Buccaneers said – “We discovered that 2015 was the 200th year cricket was played in Brechin so we were delighted to see the CricketForce day as a tool to reinvigorate Guthrie Park as well as welcoming members, potential volunteers and other sporting organisations. In total 7 trailer loads of shrubbery were removed on the day, clubhouse walls were painted, grass cut, the square marked and squared off, slabs laid, advertising boards cleaned and repaired, and the pavilion seats prepared for painting.
Due to the press and social media coverage, we were able to obtain the donation of another £1500 of materials to help with the day. We also managed to speak to 3 volunteers: a groundsman who was a previous English county head groundsman; an ex international tour manager offering to assist in fundraising for the club; and a third offering to take photographs of the club as part of our 200 year celebrations .
All in all the day was fantastic in getting the club together, bringing trades to the club, and in raising money for issues that may have otherwise went on the back burner.”
Natalie Hamblin from Galloway CC said – “CricketForce brought the whole club together and allowed us to start the season with a bang. It was fantastic to have Cricket Scotland representatives mucking in with the work and entertaining the kids with games. Along with our successful indoor tournament on the Saturday, Galloway really was the place to be! The publicity the club has been able to attract has been brilliant and we are extremely grateful to Cricket Scotland for this.”