NatWest Biggest Little Cricket Club
Earlier this year, NatWest launched a nationwide search for the most loved and worthy cricket club in England and Wales which saw Corley CC in Warwickshire, named NatWest’s Biggest Little Cricket Club.
They received an extra boost in their preparations for the new season with help from NatWest Cricket Club captain Michael Vaughan and the NatWest Pitch Doctor Chris Wood.
NatWest Locals vs Legends T20 Series
New to 2012 was the NatWest Locals vs Legends T20 Series, which saw clubs across the country compete for their chance to take on the NatWest Legends, a team of ex-England internationals led by Michael Vaughan.
The three T20 matches enabled each of the local clubs – West Bridgfordians, Royton and Andover – to undertake a variety of activities that helped boost their club fundraising efforts. All three clubs raised a combined total of £17,000 which will now be reinvested into their future development.
NatWest CricketForce is a volunteering initiative, in partnership with The England and Wales Cricket Board. Aimed at rejuvenating community cricket facilities it encourages cricket supporters, friends and families to give back to their local cricket club by volunteering to undertake renovation work in club houses and grounds, typically over a specific weekend before the season starts.
Now in its 11th year, NatWest CricketForce celebrated another record year with 1,938 clubs taking part to get their facilities ready for the new season.Thousands of volunteers, including County and England players and hundreds of NatWest staff, helped at their local clubs over the 31st March-1st April weekend.
If your club would like to take part in next year's NatWest CricketForce, registration is now open. Visit the ECB website for more information.
NatWest CricketForce Fundraiser
NatWest CricketForce Fundraiser was launched in 2010 to encourage clubs to make the most of the August Bank Holiday weekend to raise all important funds which can be reinvested in short or long-term projects taking place over NatWest CricketForce weekend the following year.
In 2012, over 200 clubs participated and hosted activities ranging from quizzes, cricket matches and barbeques to raffles, 10k runs and welly throwing competitions.
At the end of each cricket season, NatWest and the ECB specially invited 400 guests and VIPs from the cricketing world to celebrate the achievements and role of volunteers involved in all aspects and levels of the game.
Held at Lord’s, the 10th annual NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) saw 400 guests from recreational cricket join Michael Vaughan, Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Agnew to present awards to outstanding volunteers for: Behind the Scenes Volunteer; Umpires and Scorers; Young Volunteer; Lifetime Achievement; and NatWest CricketForce