The eight NatWest staff joined other volunteers to give the Club a spring clean ahead of the new season, which included painting three sightscreens, mowing the surrounds and grassed areas next to the pavilion, pre-season rolling of the main cricket square, building two picnic tables for use throughout the season, installing fences in front of the pavilion, and cleaning the advertising hoardings around the ground.
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 2011 a record 1,914 clubs and an estimated 87,000 volunteers took part, and the 2012 NatWest CricketForce promises to be just as big – attracting enough volunteers to fill Lord’s Cricket Ground three times over.
Commenting on the event, Becky Healy, NatWest’s local CEO for Maidstone who helped organise the NatWest volunteers, said: “We all worked really hard, but had a lot of fun too and it’s great to see what we have achieved for The Mote 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 see developing grassroots cricket in this way as an important part of our well known involvement in the game.”
Steve Merwood, Treasurer from The Mote Cricket Club, said: “NatWest CricketForce has given us a great opportunity to get some much needed work done to ensure our 2012 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.”
The Colts section are looking for new players particularly from years 5 & 6 to represent the club in the local Weald League, please contact Iain Hume on 07748933235 for details. Practice sessions will commence on Tuesday evenings after Easter at Willow Way Maidstone.