Feel the force: members roll up their sleeves

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Willoughby got their season into full swing off the field on Saturday with their annual involvement in the national ECB Natwest Cricketforce Weekend

Club members, players and officials with age ranges from seven to over 70 made their way to The Green to pitch in with a variety of jobs around the ground and club pavilion ahead of the new season.

NatWest CricketForce is an England and Wales Cricket Board volunteering initiative aimed at rejuvenating cricket facilities throughout England and Wales. It encourages cricket supporters, their friends and families to give back to their local cricket club by volunteering to undertake renovation work in club houses and grounds.

Now in their sixth year of participation, Willoughby were again one of more than 1,900 clubs across the UK who joined in this year’s Natwest weekend.

Buoyed by the incentive of a barbecue breakfast, the Willoughby work party were a busy lot with taking on everything from raking leaves, ground repairs, pitch preparation, cleaning windows and floors, even making scarecrows for the village’s Scarecrow Festival to be held later in the month.

Club press officer Karl Quinney, “It was a very successful morning with a lot of jobs in and around the ground completed. It was great to see many different people from right across the club get involved, proving what a great club spirit we have and what happens on the field is only part of what our club is all about.”

As part of this year’s scheme, WCC were also successful in their application for additional support from one of Cricketforce’s corporate partners, Build Center, and their Privilege Account Scheme. The funds from this account scheme will go towards further works planned at WCC in the coming month.

n Willoughby’s off-field preparations are ahead of the start of the season which get under way at The Green on Saturday April 14, with a visit by neighbours Braunston Paddox in a club friendly (2pm).

Before then, WCC’s senior and under-15 players are invited to attend an outdoor net training session at the club, on Tuesday April 10, from 6.15pm till dusk. Telephone 07775 883102 for further details.