Alastair Cook and Mike Gatting recruited to Dymock Cricket Club!!

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Featured, News | Comments Off on Alastair Cook and Mike Gatting recruited to Dymock Cricket Club!!

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If anybody had suggested, even as recently as January of this year, that our community club would be joined on 1st April by two English cricketing greats – Alastair Cook, current captain and Mike Gatting, a former captain – to help prepare for the new season, I would have said they were having a laugh. But they did. Read on……

Coming on the back of generous grants from both the ECB and Sport England, we were delighted to be nominated by Gloucester Cricket Board to be the ECB’s national showcase club as part of the NatWest CricketForce weekend, and humbled to be selected.

The ECB work hard each year, with NatWest and cosponsors Jewson, to support cricket clubs across the country prepare for the new season. Our (nearly complete) new pavilion obviously provided a stunning backdrop for the community based day, with 174 volunteers working on a range of projects around the ground, digging, chopping, painting, sanding, planting and cleaning, as well pupils from Ann Cam erecting more than 25 bird boxes as part of environmental bio-diversity plan.

The day started at 7.30am with my being interviewed on Gloucestershire Radio. The club was covered through the day by TV (BBC and SKY), video, newspaper and magazine reporters, and variously appeared on Twitter, Facebook and other social media. The day finished with Mike Wise making a cup of tea on the evening BBC News!!

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