A new era of NatWest T20 Blast cricket got underway at the Fischer County Ground on Friday 20th May with the Leicestershire Foxes hosting the Northants Steelbacks under floodlights. Alongside the usual exciting T20 cricket were the brand new Foxes Den, Matchday Experience package and Multi-Faith area all of which added to the customer experience alongside a wide range of food outlets and improved bar facilities.

The match also provided a platform on which to celebrate the support of Construction colleges in Leicestershire that have helped support recreational cricket clubs across the County. The initiative which is linked with NatWest CricketForce started back in 2011 and has grown ever since with us now having three colleges signed-up to the programme.

Representatives from the three colleges were invited to enjoy the match and were involved in a presentation during the interval that saw Leicestershire Foxes Paul Horton and Lewis Hill present a certificate and signed bat. The colleges have done a fantastic job again in 2015/16 with the partnership not only saving community clubs considerable money but also providing invaluable on-site experience for the students whilst completing their course. A list of the projects completed and clubs supported by each college is shown below;

C2016-04-53Brooksby – Melton College

Newtown Linford & Leicester Community Sports Cricket Academy – Construction of Wooden Bench seating to improve the experience for visitors to their grounds



C2016-04-54South Leicestershire College

Kirby Muxloe CC – Built a machinery store, repositioned the scorebox, painting sightscreens, repairs to boundary fencing



C2016-04-52Stephenson College

Grace Dieu Park CC – External painting and decorating to clubhouse
Kegworth Town CC and Newtown Linford CC – Build and Installation of Scorers shed and changing facility
Loughborough Outwoods – Paving external areas surrounding clubhouse and changing facilities

On behalf of Leicestershire Cricket and the Clubs that have benefited from the support available this year we would like to Thank the colleges and staff for their ongoing commitment to helping the grass-roots game.