NatWest has reprised its recreational cricket volunteering initiative, CricketForce, for the summer of 2020, and will use the scheme to provide PPE and essential products to cricket clubs across England and Wales ahead of the return to play after the coronavirus lockdown.
The bank says it will be sending a variety of different products and pieces of PPE to clubs who have signed up to the scheme before March 2020. The ECB has also confirmed that those clubs who haven’t yet signed up to the scheme can still do so, and will still receive the equipment.
"NatWest have been huge supporters of recreational cricket for a long time and throughout the COVID-19 period they have gone above and beyond to ensure clubs are able to access help and support,” said Nick Pryde, Director of Participation & Growth, ECB.
"They've been hugely useful in helping us deliver toolkits, guides and how-to's and NatWest CricketForce is another fantastic example of the work we're doing together to help clubs across England and Wales.
"The current situation means this year's NatWest CricketForce will need to look a bit different but the arrival of PPE should be of great use to our clubs, and together with NatWest we'll look to continue supporting clubs as best we can through this difficult time."