The employees from all over the Black Country area joined club members, players, Tettenhall tennis club members, Local Conservatives, Round table members, and local residents along with special guest Baroness Rachel Heyhoe Flint, the club patron, Jason Britton the development manager from Staffordshire Cricket and local MP Paul Uppal in another huge year for NatWest CricketForce. Nationwide, 1,938 clubs took part with the help of an estimated 85,000 volunteers getting involved.
In 2012, NatWest is strengthening its relationships within the cricketing community by twinning a selection of NatWest branches with a cricket club in their local area. Staff participation during NatWest CricketForce weekend marks the beginning of a season long programme. The NatWest teams will also be involved with other club activities throughout the season including NatWest CricketForce Fundraiser as well as providing financial advice and promotion for twinned clubs.
"This was a great example of how a local community can focus their efforts around a local cricket club and contribute in many ways to make a difference. So many people pitched in and made a real difference and I want to say a special thank you to Alison Greenfield of Thomas Howse Ltd who provided the paint for us. A vast number of cricket clubs across the country survive on only a small amount of money and NatWest CricketForce is all about getting volunteers to come together to benefit a local club. NatWest is committed to supporting the sport at all levels, so when it comes to getting our hands dirty, our staff are more than willing to get involved. Additionally the club will benefit financially from a £500 donation from NatWest’s Community Cashback scheme."
Mike Elphick, NatWest’s Senior Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, who organised the event for the Club
"I have seen fantastic things achieved by clubs through NatWest CricketForce over the years. Over the last eleven years we have seen new pavilions built, pitches laid, nets and sight screens repaired and many litres of paint put to good use."
ECB Managing Director of Cricket Partnerships, Mike Gatting
CricketForce is celebrating its eleventh year and eighth year supported by NatWest with 1,938 clubs taking part in 2012. Over the weekend England men’s players including Chris Tremlett and England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards, together with former England players Michael Vaughan, Mike Gatting and David Lloyd have all played their part in supporting NatWest CricketForce.