NatWest have announced a competition spearheaded by Michael Vaughan to find a worthy cricket club in England and Wales.
8 March 2012
The NatWest Cricket Club have launched a search for the most loved and worthy cricket club in England and Wales. Michael Vaughan, is leading the NatWest 'Biggest Little Cricket Club' initiative which will reward the winners with a visit from a range of cricketing specialists on Sunday 1 April, during NatWest CricketForce weekend.
Encouraging clubs to pad up and go into battle, NatWest Cricket Club captain, Michael Vaughan says, “We want to find out which local cricket club is the Biggest Little Cricket Club in the country. They won’t necessarily be the biggest in size, or the most successful, but they will be the most loved. We’re hoping clubs seize this opportunity to drum up support and get the whole community involved.”
The clubs must demonstrate the strength of their support by enlisting their members, friends, and local community to vote online to get them to the top 5 on the leaderboard. In return, the club judged the most worthy will receive the visit from cricketing experts, which includes Michael Vaughan, ECB pitch consultant Chris Wood, along with DIY professionals and NatWest staff.
Michael Vaughan says, “Every International cricketer starts their career playing for their local club, and the role grassroots cricket plays in establishing our love for the game is vital. Our team of specialists will boost the winning club’s pre-season preparations during NatWest CricketForce weekend.”
The top five clubs with the most points at 9am on Friday 23 March will be submitted to a judging panel to decide which club will receive the top honour. The four runners up will each receive merchandise signed by members of the England team.
The Biggest Little Cricket Club initiative is open to all cricket clubs in England and Wales who are registered to participate in NatWest CricketForce 2012.
Registration is open for NatWest CricketForce at www.ecb.co.uk/natwestcricketforce
The voting period will close at 9am on Friday 23 March. Voting is via www.natwest.com/cricket.
The five clubs with the most points on Friday 23 March will be asked to write why they should win the top prize in 200 words. The four runners up will receive an item of merchandise, signed by a member of the England team, to help with fundraising initiatives throughout the season.
Voting, and full terms and conditions for entry can be found at www.natwest.com/cricket