Pictures of the ECB/NATWEST Cricket Force days since 2005 at Ferring CC

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The ECB and NATWEST bank encourage cricket clubs in England to develop and implement plans to improve facilities on and off the cricket ground at all levels of cricket.

In 2005, we joined in with the approximately 500 other clubs and receive sponsor T shirts and a commemorative clock, the plan for 2005 was:

1) To engaging with local business who then provided materials at a discounted rate so that we could improve the pavilion facilities.

2) Through one of our member's contacts with the institute of Groundsmanship, we managed to engage the headgroundsman of the Sussex County Cricket Club Academy Ground. The Groundsman provided his services free throughout the Sunday morning and provided valuable advice for the cricket table.

3) Our main supplier and maintainer of the Grounds equipment (Arun Mowers) provided additional equipment for the Sunday and assisted with groundwork at no cost.

4) Over the weekend , the club managed to get > 10 club members to proved labour to improve the external appearance of the pavilion , through paneling up of the Balustrade, fitting units within the pavilion (donated by a local store), painting the exterior of the pavilion and assistance with pre-season groundwork .

The 2005 Workforce activities were split into two main phases of activities , first phase can be viewed HERE and second phase HERE

 

In 2006, we joined in with the approximately 600 other clubs and received sponsored T shirts and a commemorative plaque, the plan for 2005 was:

1) We again managed to engage the head Groundsman of the Sussex County Cricket Club Academy Ground. The Groundsman provided his services free throughout the Sunday morning and provided valuable advice for the cricket table.

2) Our main supplier and maintainer of the Grounds equipment (Arun Mowers) provided additional equipment for the Sunday and assisted with groundwork at no cost.

3) The club managed to get a number of club members to proved labour to improve the external appearance of the pavilion , through painting of Balustrade paneling, painting the exterior of the pavilion and assistance with pre-season groundwork

The 2006 activities took place on Sunday 9th April and can be viewed HERE

 

In 2007, we joined in with an ever increasing number of clubs in Sussex and received sponsored T shirts. Sussex CCC have also allocating a number of Twenty20 tickets to the club for their match in August 2007.:

1) Our main supplier and maintainer of the Grounds equipment (Arun Mowers) provided additional equipment for the Sunday and assisted with groundwork at no cost.

2) Over the Cricketforce weekend the club had more that 15 members proved labour to improve the external appearance of the pavilion and ground. The main areas of work were the replacement of the remaining balustrades on the Friday, Painting of the Balustrade and the exterior of the pavilion and finally assistance with pre-season groundwork.

The 2007 activities took place on Friday 30th March, Sunday 1st April and Wednesday 4th April and pictures can be viewed HERE

In 2008, we had to broaden the scope of Cricketforce work due to damage to the pavilion caused by a break-in over the previous winter. We had support again from Sussex CCC and received sponsored T shirts. Sussex CCC also allocating a number of Twenty20 tickets to the club.

1) Our pavilion was broken into over the previous winter and significant damage and was done to the pavilion and cricket equipment was stolen. Fortunately our insurance helped to play for most of the work. However we extended the Cricketforce activities to include the repairs between March and April 2009. We had to place a special order with Sussex Ironworks to supply replacement metal shutters for all the windows and equipment hut doors.

2) Over several weekends the club installed and painted all the new metal shutters and doors and made good other timer window frames and installed new glass.

3) On the cricletforce Sunday 6th April there was very unseasonable 6" of snow on the south coast that fell overnight and during the morning. 5 members fought the elements and came to the ground to take down the pitch perimeter wire even though there was a blizzard and we could not see the grass or what we were doing !

The 2008 activities took place over several weekends between March and April and pictures can be viewed HERE

 

The 2009 activities including painting the pavilion and taking down the perimeter fencing and finally pre-season pitch preparation and rolling.

This took place in April, pictures can be viewed HERE

The 2010 activitescrickewtforce reports will appear here soon .....