Matlock CC set to take part in CricketForce

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Matlock Cricket Club is preparing to take part in NatWest CricketForce this Saturday.

NatWest CricketForce is an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) initiative aimed at rejuvenating local cricket clubs and giving volunteers an opportunity to get involved.

Matlock CC is expecting around 20 volunteers to help with the re-flooring of the main pavilion and the erection of a sign at the Causeway Lane entrance.

Without the aid of volunteers and an ECB grant, these works would have cost an estimated £2,000 to complete, making this a very welcome boost.

Club captain Steve Pell said: “NatWest CricketForce will enable much needed work to take place ahead of what promises to be an exciting season for the club.

“In 2012, Matlock CC gained promotion to the Derbyshire Premier League, where we will be rubbing shoulders with up-and-coming and former Derbyshire CCC stars as well as an array of talented overseas professionals.

“All players start their cricket careers at local clubs and it is crucial that we support the game’s development.

“Good facilities and a fun environment can be the difference between youngsters staying with cricket or not and NatWest CricketForce helps make clubs a real focus for community sports activities and volunteering opportunities.”

Dave Leighton, ECB club programmes manager, said: “We saw clubs do more for themselves in two days last year than they had for years before. It made a real difference including increased revenue, improved facilities, increased participation and a great sense of community spirit.”

If you would like to get involved with Matlock Cricket Club in any capacity (sponsor, player or committee member), contact club wecretary Pete Kidd by e-mail at kidd72@gmail.com.