Thrumpton Cricket Club is preparing to throw open its pavilion doors to the local community on Friday 3rd July as part of a nationwide initiative to help boost grassroots cricket participation.
The club is inviting all local cricket fans and people who are interested in finding out more about the club, to head along to the ground for the evening to get involved in a range of taster sessions and enjoy some food and drink, in a bid to entice new members to sign-up.
Thrumpton is one of hundreds of cricket clubs that will host an ECB Club Open Day this season and it is anticipated that thousands of events will be held at clubs across the country to coincide with England’s international cricket weekends throughout the summer.
Building on the successful launch of the initiative last year, clubs that host an official ECB Club Open Day this summer will be taking advantage of an exclusive £100 food and drink offer from new England cricket team sponsor Waitrose to help deliver their event.
Chairman Rae Shaw said: “We are inviting people to find out more about our club and enjoy our facilities for the evening. Whether they just want a drink or two, or perhaps they are interested in taking a more active role in our club – they’ll be made most welcome.”
Former England captain and ECB Cricket Partnership Ambassador Mike Gatting, added: “Club Open Days has proven to be a fantastic way for cricket clubs to capitalise on the nation’s fervour for cricket during the summer.
“By opening their pavilion doors and showcasing what they have to offer to their local community, clubs will hopefully be able to inspire newcomers to come and join them. We want to inspire more players, volunteers and social members to come together and get into cricket.”
Thrumpton CC runs three adult league teams every Saturday and a Sunday friendly team during the cricket season. The club also has a thriving junior section with Under-17, Under-15, Under-13 and Kwik Cricket teams that train and play matches on various nights during the week.