Notts Sport, the world's leading supplier of synthetic cricket surfacing systems, celebrated its 10,000th installation in style - at a community volunteer day to give a Derbyshire cricket club's facilities a huge makeover.
Sawley & Long Eaton Park Cricket Club welcomed volunteers and special guests, including former England captains Michael Vaughan and Mike Gatting, to the special event at its ground in Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton.
Notts Sport was one of the event partners which converged on the club for the day to carry out a wide range of tasks to improve facilities.
One of the refurbishment projects, aptly, was the refurbishment of one of Notts Sports very first non-turf practice pitches, installed over 25 years ago. The pitch had enjoyed heavy use over the years, and was understandably in need of refurbishment.
Club members helped to lift and remove the existing playing surface from site, while Notts Sport's installation team began work on fitting a new state-of-the-art playing surface on to the existing base work and refurbished shock pads.
The club was kindly granted £3,000 by The Lord's Taverners charity towards the project, and during the day volunteers also assembled a mobile practice cage to use on it.
Shaun Patrick, chairman of Notts Sport, said: "Notts Sport is a big backer of the grassroots game, and so it was a real delight to be part of Sawley and Long Eaton Park Cricket Club's project by resurfacing their existing artificial turf practice pitch.
"It was an exciting day which saw the whole community come together to improve the club's pavilions and grounds, and it's fantastic to have helped provide a facility which will offer great coaching and practice opportunities for years to come."
The practice pitch refurbishment was part of an overall project which saw the club's two pavilions redecorated, with a new brick balustrade for the pavilion serving the 3rd and 4th XI and junior teams, and an enlarged patio for the main pavilion. An old disused dressing room was refurbished for the growing female membership and an improved kitchen now includes brand new crockery and cutlery for match day teas.
The playing area has also benefited from two new sight screens and a three-pitch rain cover.
David Dooley, the club's Volunteer Officer, said: "We had about 200 volunteers, 40 guests and 60 children down on the day and we probably completed about £60,000 worth of improvements to the club's facilities during the event."
"We had a great day and everything we did will have an impact on the match day and practice experience for our players. We're really pleased with the new practice pitch and I'm sure we'll get several great years out of this one"
Notts Sport, which has 27 years' experience in the synthetic sports and play surfacing industry, is the world's leading supplier of non-turf cricket pitch systems for coaching, practice and match play.
The company offers a choice of ECB-approved artificial pitches - including the NottsBase D System and Envelope System, which can be designed and installed as matchplay or practice facilities - plus bespoke systems and a range of portable training mats for indoor and outdoor use.