The Trent Bridge Community Trust will make good on a series of promises with the launch of an ambitious programme of initiatives to harness the opportunities presented by the hosting of Investec Ashes Test Matches in Nottingham.
The Trust are partners in a group that brings together several Ashes host venues and includes the MCC, Durham Cricket Foundation and Cricket Victoria.
Under the united banner of the ‘Ashes Legacy Partnership,’ the charitable arms of four of the host venues will deliver common schemes to engage volunteers, entertain spectators and educate young people.
“We’ve always worked hard to ensure that major matches have a positive benefit on our communities but this is the first time we have planned a programme on this scale,” said Tracey Francis, The Trent Bridge Community Trust’s Head of Community Sport.
“Rolling out schemes across multiple venues seemed like a logical step for us and our challenge now is to transform plans into action.”
Specific Ashes Legacy Partnership plans include such schemes as open days where non-members can watch live coverage of the Test, a song for the Ashes where schoolchildren and community groups will be encouraged to record songs and an ambitious volunteering scheme to compliment the Trent Bridge workforce.
“The games-maker concept enthused a lot of people to think about volunteering at sporting events but we have routinely used volunteers at Trent Bridge since ICC World Twenty20 in 2009,” said Tracey.
“Because of the size of this event, we have an opportunity to recruit more volunteers than ever before and they will form an essential part of our match delivery.”
One volunteer who experienced the excitement of the 2013 Ashes Test is Pam Reynolds. Initially part of a team who met and greeted members of the public and media, she has now gone on to be employed by Nottinghamshire County Cricket club as a receptionist.
“I never even considered that being part of the Ashes Legacy scheme could end up with me working at Trent Bridge,” she said.
“Volunteering was an amazing opportunity, and great to be part of the Trent Bridge family.
“It felt fantastic to give something back to the local community, and promote such an excellent event.”