Bovingdon Cricket Club secretary Mark Carine is urging the general public to head down in their droves when the doors are swung open to one and all.
Last year’s victorious Ashes summer attracted 310 clubs nationwide to take part in the ECB Club Open Days scheme, with double the number already signed up this season.
One of those clubs is Bovingdon and they are encouraging the community to come out in full force on Sunday July 13 to catch the final day of the first test between England and India on TV at their ground.
Bovingdon have put their own spin on the event, combining their ECB Club Open Day with their annual six-a-side competition as well as putting on a barbecue for those attending.
And Carine hopes the day will help attract some new members to the club as they look to expand their numbers.
“We thought that this was a great way to get some extra publicity for the club and hopefully attract some more people,” Carine said.
“This gives us a fantastic opportunity to showcase our club to the local community, and to show what we do.
“It’s a difficult time for cricket clubs at the moment so it would be great if we are able to attract a few new members out of the day.
“We are situated slightly outside of the village so we get the odd person drop in on weekends to watch games but we’re not inundated.
“Perhaps this will raise the awareness of the club and we might get a few more people round the club to watch games and become involved in the social side of the club.”
Former England captain and the ECB’s managing director of cricket partnerships Mike Gatting is fully behind the scheme.
“The ECB Club Open Days opens the doors and can attract some new volunteers, players or even just social members,” Gatting said.
“It also puts the club itself on show to the community so people know that it’s there, and hopefully they can attract new sponsors.
“People can go down to the club, see how much fun it is and what they do for the community – getting children involved or simply helping adults expend some energy – and they can see it’s a great place to be part of.”
The ECB Club Open Days, in partnership with Waitrose, is a nationwide initiative that aims to help boost grassroots cricket participation. Find out when your local Club Open Day is and pop along by visiting www.ecb.co.uk/clubopendays