Warwickshire County Cricket Club players and staff showed their support for recreational cricket in the region last weekend as they joined volunteers at Attock CC and Stratford CC for NatWest CricketForce.

Fifty-three clubs participated in NatWest CricketForce across the county with Bears’ Fielding Coach Jim Troughton joined at his former club (Stratford) by all-rounder Keith Barker and batsman Andy Umeed to help repair damage caused from the recent floods.

Additionally, Warwickshire CCC Chief Executive Neil Snowball and his wife Sue joined forces with Attock CC to carry out general ground maintenance, cleaning and repair work.

Neil Snowball said: “We’re committed to developing the recreational game across Birmingham and Warwickshire by providing more opportunities to play and enhancing the facilities available. It was great to be part of this by joining the members of Attock to support preparations for the club’s Birmingham & District League campaign.

“NatWest CricketForce is a fantastic initiative that unites cricket club and brings together volunteers from the local community. Volunteering a morning or afternoon to support by painting, decorating or even providing refreshments makes a huge difference and it is great to have so many clubs across the region involved.”

Now in its 15th year, NatWest CricketForce has grown into one of the biggest sports volunteering initiatives in the country and has previously won a BT Sport Industry Award for its pioneering work in helping clubs to engage with their local communities.