Glos players swap bats for brushes to help local cricket club
Players from Gloucestershire County Cricket Club will be
brushing up on their DIY skills this weekend as they help Winterbourne CC paint
their new pavilion.
Around 15 of the squad will join an army of volunteers
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lending a hand as part of the 2013 Natwest CricketForce initiative.
One of the players giving up his time to help is GCCC
batsman Dan Housego.
He said: "The players at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club
are delighted to be able to support our local clubs in any way we can.
"I am not sure what some of the lads painting skills will be
like but we are looking forward to doing our bit to help Winterbourne CC move a
step closer to completing their pavilion, which will be a fantastic facility
for the cricket club and the local community."
The new pavilion has been 18months in the making and
includes new changing rooms, toilets and showers, a kitchen, lounge area and
facilities for people with disabilities. It is hoped that Winterbourne's third
and fourth teams will be able to use the changing rooms from the start of the
new season and the whole thing will be completed by the end of the summer.
Club secretary Liz Bracey said: "I think it will be
fantastic for our members because the last time a lot of them saw it, it was
just a shell and now it is a club house.
"People have been very good about giving up their time to
help but having the GCCC players there on Saturday will encourage more people
to come and lend a hand and it will be a great morale boost for everyone."
At the start of the project Winterbourne – who have five
senior teams and six junior league sides - couldn't afford to employ a
contractor and relied on club stalwarts Alan Luton and Mike Anstey to do much
of the work. The pair gave up their time to complete all the block work for free
and were subsequently awarded a Natwest OSCA (Outstanding Services to Cricket
Award) for their efforts.
The club found a number of other innovative ways to keep
their costs down, including working with construction students from South
Gloucestershire and Stroud College. They have also been awarded a grant from
the England and Wales Cricket Trust and were recently given around £750 worth
of building materials for free by Wiltshire construction firm Gaiger Brothers.
Steve Silk, cricket development manager at the Gloucestershire
Cricket Board said: "It is fantastic to see the pavilion project coming to
fruition. It just shows that when people
put in the time and effort great things can happen. The original quote was
around £250k to £270k but by asking questions, speaking to different people and
forming partnerships with groups like the College they have managed to get it
built for a fraction of the cost.
"It is also great to
see GCCC recognising the role they have to play in the community, engaging with
clubs and encouraging more people to get involved in the game at grass roots