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Whalley Range CC Builds the Foundations for a Winning Future

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Whalley Range CC, in inner city Manchester, spent the weekend of 6th and 7th April getting everything ready for the new season as the club’s exciting NatWest CricketForce event took place.

Swapping pens and ledgers for paintbrushes and spades four NatWest staff - and their kids - were amongst the record number of volunteers, including players and members of the local community, who got their hands dirty for the cause.

A huge amount of work needed to be completed over the weekend at Whalley Range CC including: painting all four sightscreens (and mending one blown over in the winter), revamping dressing rooms, re-netting batting cages, putting covers on frames, clearing tree debris from winter storms, cutting back undergrowth around edges, cutting and rolling square and restoring viewing areas. A large clock was also installed.

Club Chairman Mike Hill stressed just how an important event for the club this was. He said: “Without the help of NatWest CricketForce and the ECB, clubs like ours would not be able to keep the facilities up to scratch. We have had a record turn-out this weekend, from all age groups, and it has been a great success with lots of work being completed. I would like to thank all volunteers and NatWest staff for their amazing efforts and I am very much looking forward to the season ahead.”

NatWest staff from Heaton Chapel branch were also happy to roll up their sleeves and help out over the course of the weekend. Regional Director John Hesketh said: “A vast number of cricket clubs across the country survive only on small funds and NatWest CricketForce is all about getting volunteers to come together as a community and help sustain their club. NatWest is very committed in giving back to the sport and to their customers, so when it comes to getting our hands dirty, our staff are more than willing to get involved.”

Work at Whalley Range CC is continuing throughout 2013, with an electronic scoreboard now installed thanks to sponsorship from Emma Hatton Estate Agents. If you would like to support the club or require any further information please contact Mike Hill on 07894 961530.

Further details can be found on their website: www.whalleyrange.play-cricket.com.

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