Long-serving Jacqui Dryden is hoping Sherwood Colliery Cricket Club can rise from an England Ashes victory after signing up to hold an open day to coincide with this summer’s big Test series.
Nothing quite grips the nation like an Ashes series and, with England aiming to keep the urn this summer, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) wants everyone to get in on the action.
By holding an open day clubs can attract new members, players, spectators and sponsors on Investec Ashes Saturdays or Sundays of their choice.
Dryden has revealed that Colliery will hold two designated Club Open Days – on the weekend of 13th/14th July, which coincides with the fourth and fifth days of the first Ashes Test down the road at Trent Bridge.
Colliery will be inviting the local community to Debdale Park at Mallard Court, to enjoy the cricket whilst showcasing facilities, cricket-playing opportunities and everything else they have to offer – with guests able to keep an eye on the cricket out in the middle and on the TV.
Clubs who already have a Sky Sports subscription that host an Open Day will get £140 from the ECB towards their monthly subscription, while those new to Sky will be offered an exclusive subscription offer featuring a six-month break clause.
And Dryden is hoping the scheme can help Colliery’s productive on-field action carry over away from the square.
“We decided to do it that weekend as it coincides with the first Ashes Test taking place locally at Trent Bridge,” said 43-year-old Dryden, who has been the club’s child welfare officer for a decade.
“On the Saturday there will be a children’s cricket game in the morning and then an adults game from 2pm – with food on all day - while on the Sunday we are going to have a barbecue and then a men’s cricket match in the afternoon.
“All the while the Ashes will be on so we are hoping to get quite a few people down for the weekend.
“We are going to try and make it a really fun weekend. It is a fantastic community club and the facilities are good – we also have three big football pitches.
“We are really excited about the weekend and looking forward to it.”
Mike Gatting knows how important the Ashes are, captaining England to success Down Under in the 1986/87 Series.
And in his role as ECB manager director of cricket partnerships he knows how crucial their Club Open Day could be to Sherwood Colliery.
“This is not just a fantastic way to watch what I am sure will be a fantastic Ashes but also a great way for clubs to cement their places within the community,” Gatting said.
“The clubs themselves are important to the community as they keep kids off the street, bring people together and offer families the chance to enjoy sport and be healthy in a safe environment.”
To sign up your club for an Open Day and for more information on the benefits and support visit www.ecb.co.uk/clubopendays. A full list of clubs taking part will be put on the ECB website in July.