SMCC launches 2017 CricketForce!

Huge thank you to the ECB, Surrey Cricket, Mike Gatting, Stephen Finn, Zafar Ansari, Amar Virdi, chief organisers Raj Patel and David Brown, all of the sponsors and donors, and of course all of you, the small army of volunteers (Natwest, local residents and club members) who worked so hard all day and continue to do so over the the initial weekend and the days to follow. The improvements to the facilities and the publicity will make a massive difference to keeping the club thriving for many years to come, enabling us to continue bringing our local community together, young and old and of every possible background to get actively involved in this amazing team sport and social hub!

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cricketforce logoOn March 31st, SMCC will launch NatWest CricketForce as the national showcase club for 2017!

Streatham & Marlborough CC is proud to have been chosen by the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) ahead of 2500+ other clubs as a national showcase club to launch 2017’s NatWest CricketForce. This is one of the biggest events of the club’s history so please offer your support!

What is NatWest CricketForce?

It’s the largest annual volunteering initiative in UK Sport aiming to rejuvenate the nation’s cricket facilities. It encourages cricket supporters, their friends and families, and local businesses to give something back to their local community cricket club by volunteering to participate in major renovation projects to clubhouses and grounds. Participation in NatWest CricketForce has rocketed since its launch in 2002, when just one showcase club took part.  It’s now grown to over 2,500 clubs across the country and 100,000 volunteers.

This short video shows the 2016 event:

When is it?

The main day will be 31st March but the work will continue on 1 & 2 April. Registration of volunteers and project work begins at 9.30am.

Who will be in attendance?

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We hope that the vast majority of members from all sections of the club will attend along with friends and family who generously donate their time. Volunteers from the local community are very, very welcome to help!

From outside the club:

CricketForce regular Mike Gatting (bottom left) will be with us for the day, leading a team to deliver one of our projects.

England and Middlesex fast bowler Steven Finn (top left) will be at the club from around 11am to 1:30pm

England and Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari (bottom right), and England Young Lion (England Under 19) Amar Virdi (top right) will be at the club from around 12 noon to 2:30pm.

NatWest & Surrey have also offered their support with staff attending, including coaches to run activities with kids in the morning and early afternoon. The ECB have told us that they are intending to bring with them the Women’s World Cup and Champion’s Trophy (the actual trophies).

The ECB, Surrey and the club are keen to see as many of our junior members and their friends at the club as possible in the morning and early afternoon. Parents, please liaise as appropriate with your children’s school to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

In addition to the ECB filming, there may well be coverage by other local and national media. 2015’s showcase club (Tenterden CC in Kent) had 300 people attend on the day so let’s try to match that and make a real difference!

What do we plan to do?

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We plan to use CricketForce to make the club are more welcoming environment for members and guests. Our plans are huge and we are intending to get most, if not all, of the following projects done:

· Terrace the grass banks to create flat areas with steps and seating and electrical cabling ready for a new sightscreen
· Total re-fit of the kitchen
· Improve car-park area, including new gating, new banners, and improved netting on the trees
· Create a more obvious path to access the club
· Add lighting to path and garages
· Erect 6m high netting between us and Camber Tennis Club next door which stretches 80 metres
· Level and install low level wooden fencing along the pathway
· Paint all external fencing
· Warmer and more obvious entrance to the pavilion
· Clear the boundaries of the pitch of all low level vegetation to smarten appearance and facilitate on-going maintenance
· General spruce up of pavilion and bar areas, fixing any issues
· Fixes to roofing
· Installation of new toilets
· General ground pre-season preparation (i.e. sorting the covers, rolling the squares, assembling the sightscreens, etc)
· And much, much more – a lot can be accomplished in a day with a hundred or more people and everyone will be able to help, no matter what your skills and abilities

This event will also be a major opportunity to raise awareness regarding our bid for a new pavilion and is one of the reasons we have been selected by the ECB.

Above: England star Lauren Winfield helping at a CricketForce club last year.

What have supporters donated to assist?

· £3,000 from the Surrey Cricket Foundation
· A substantial donation in free materials from Jewsons
· £2.5k from Southwark’s Cleaner, Greener, Safer Fund (along with £1.5k from our neighbours Camber Tennis Club) for the netting
· £500 in Amazon vouchers from the ECB
· A new electronic scoreboard from Quickscore
· Two test match tickets from Surrey County Cricket Club
· Two batting cages from Durant (thanks to Liz Marin-Curtoud for her assistance here!)
· Bowdry surface water removal machine
· Raffle prizes from Woodstock, Salix, Red Ink Cricket & Estate Office Coffee
· Machinery and man-power from Lister Wilder to use on the day
· Free machinery and Sisis and Dennis mowers to use on the day
· Free seed and fertiliser from Sheriff Amenity
· And last, but by no means least, members David Brown (Brown Building) and Nick Pikesley (electrician) have generously donated a lot of time to consult on the project and will be there to utilise their skills on the day to execute the projects.

Other details

Food & drink: Free breakfast, lunch and beers will be provided by Surrey CCC. There’s likely to be a BBQ in the late afternoon for hungry workers and the bar will be open in the evening

What to wear: Something you don’t mind getting paint on or generally dirty. You will receive a free NatWest CricketForce t-shirt.

What to bring: If you have any gardening equipment – please bring it along but keep a close eye on it.

How to travel: Please make your way by public transport, cabs or park on nearby residential roads – there will be no parking at the club itself as the car park will be reserved for machinery and dignitaries only.

Safety: Please also note that there will be dangerous machinery in use a the club (and we don’t just mean Steven Finn) so please ensure all juniors are suitably supervised and are instructed not to go near any dangerous machinery (except Finn). Adults should also take care.

Weather: The event will continue regardless of weather conditions so please dress accordingly

Raffle & Auction: We have some fantastic prize donations so there will be an auction and a raffle on the day, probably around 3-4pm. One of the items being auctioned will be this donation by the creator of Shaun The Sheep…

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For more information, please contact the SMCC project lead Raj Patel (

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