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3rd April 2009

Sacriston CCC gear up for NatWest CricketForce

On Sunday 5 April Durham CCC Academy players will be attending to offer their help as well as helping to run coaching sessions for the youngsters who come along on the day.  The Chester le Street Sea Cadets will also be offering their support.  The Minister for Sport, Gerry Sutcliffe, and former Durham and England player Graeme Fowler will also be in attendance. 
The LV County Championship trophy will also be in display for volunteers to take photos. Sacriston CC started work at the ground in the run up to NatWest Cricket Force and has already laid paving for a viewing area by the artificial nets and a block paving patio.  They have just finished laying the concrete base ready for the pavilion frame to be assembled tomorrow (Friday) ahead of the weekend’s activities.

Despite the early start to the work at Sacriston CC there will still be plenty to do this weekend, hundreds of volunteers will give up their time to help the Club tidy up the ground and paint the facilities at the Club.  If you have any time on your hands why not come along to Sacriston CC and offer your support.

NatWest CricketForce is the biggest annual volunteering event in sport and is set to attract enough volunteers to fill Lord’s Cricket Ground three times over (85,000). It is aimed at rejuvenating local cricket clubs and giving volunteers an opportunity to get involved.  To find your nearest participating Club email

Durham County Cricket Club Academy Coach, John Windows, said, “We’re pleased to be able to support Sacriston CC this weekend.  The Academy players have all at some point been involved with local clubs whether is playing against them in the leagues or receiving junior coaching at some point in their development, NatWest CricketForce is a great opportunity to give something back to the community.”