The force is with Dinton as season looms on the horizon

Dinton Cricket Club's CricketForce day Picture: Charter Photography
Dinton Cricket Club's CricketForce day Picture: Charter Photography

DINTON Cricket Club dusted off the winter cobwebs and urged players, supporters, their friends and families to give something back at a special CricketForce day at the weekend.

The club wanted people to volunteer to undertake renovation work in the club house and grounds, before the season starts with the first junior session on Thursday April 19.

Dinton were joined by sponsors Nuffield Health and Fitness and thousands of other volunteers nationwide over the weekend in lending a hand with pre-season preparations at their local club.

A record number of 1,938 clubs took part in the three-day annual NatWest CricketForce initiative, which is an England and Wales Cricket Board volunteering scheme aimed at rejuvenating cricket facilities throughout England and Wales.

The club has also announced the next step in an exciting local partnership with Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centre in Aylesbury. The Fairford Leys-based gym will be playing shirt sponsors for the next two years.

Johnny Morgan, Dinton Cricket Club chairman, said: “We are delighted with the turnout at the weekend for CricketForce.

“It is also great to have support from our new kit sponsors. To have a name that is well established locally with health and fitness linked to the cricket club really helps support our profile and ambitions.

“We are a family club and what is really exciting is that the players and their families can benefit from the health assessments offered and by doing the class that is being provided by Nuffield.”

Nuffield Health Aylesbury’s general manager Richard Whitaker, described the partnership as a ‘great opportunity’.

“Dinton Cricket Club is undoubtedly the number one club in Aylesbury Vale, and we are delighted to be able to look to support them as they strive to become even more successful,” he said.

“This is a great opportunity to increase our involvement in the local community.

“I genuinely hope that this is the beginning of a long and close relationship.”

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