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Three Cheers for the Cricketeers!

edgsSRB Reporter Oli Osbourn 

Behind the six hitting, wicket taking and acrobatic fielding of world class Cricket stars at the England and Wales ICC Champions Trophy 2013, the real heroes have been working hard in the background to enhance the spectator’s experience.

Step forward the Cricketeers!

Over the past 18 days, 900 Cricket lovers have given up their time to be involved with the Cricketeers Volunteers Programme at Birmingham’s Edgbaston, Cardiff and The Oval, London for a competition involving the eight best cricketing countries in the world to ensure an unforgettable and successful tournament enjoyed by all.

The Cricketeers, some of whom from the local area and Coventry, have played a crucial part in the tournament by mainly helping spectators with any queries in a meet and greet role, similarly to the Olympic “Gamesmakers” last summer and help maintain the positive and lively atmosphere vital to any major tournament with their positive attitudes and smiling faces, especially when the rain comes into play!

Many others have also worked around-the-clock in jobs such as, with the media, ground staff and in accreditation to act as a vital extra pair of hands needed to make the tournament run smoothly.

Ally Jarvis, Head of Cricketeers Programme for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 showed his delight of how successful the programme has been over the last 18 days, “Volunteers are at the heart of successful events and the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 has been no different.

The Cricketeers have enhanced the spectators’ experience and formed an integral part of the tournament.

I am extremely grateful to all our Cricketeers for kindly volunteering their time – we saw the immense power of volunteers during London 2012 and their involvement undoubtedly helped to ensure the tournament is one to remember.”

Don’t worry if you’ve missed the chance to volunteer, the Cricketeers Programme are in talks with the ECB about helping with England matches in the near future.

Oli.