Bank staff give North Devon Cricket Club a makeover


Bank staff give North Devon Cricket Club a makeover

Staff from NatWest branches across North Devon swapped their uniforms for overalls at North Devon Cricket Club yesterday, to take part in NatWest CricketForce - the largest volunteer event in sport, aimed at rejuvenating local cricket clubs across the country.

28 March 2011

The NatWest staff joined other volunteers to give the Club a spring clean ahead of the new season.

This award wining grassroots initiative, in partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), has snowballed in popularity since it began in 2002. In 2010 1,642 clubs and 87,000 volunteers took part and the 2011 NatWest CricketForce promises to be just as big – attracting enough volunteers to fill Lord's Cricket Ground three times over.

Commenting on the event, Mark Joslin, NatWest's Senior Bank Manager for Barnstaple, said: "We all worked really hard, but had a lot of fun too and it's great to see what we have achieved for North Devon Cricket Club in such a short space of time. NatWest is committed to being a key part of local communities and, together with the ECB, we recognise the huge contribution volunteers make to cricket. I'm therefore thrilled that my employers have been helping community cricket for the last thirty years and see developing grassroots cricket in this way as an important part of our well known involvement in the game."

Tony Richards, Hon. Secretary at North Devon Cricket Club, said: "NatWest CricketForce has given us a great opportunity to get some much needed work done to ensure our 2011 season gets off to the best possible start. We would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to come along and help. Events like this make a real difference to us and lead to increased participation and a great sense of community spirit."

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