A cricket club that has just moved to Newstead is seeking to build a healthy relationship with the village -- starting with an open day this Sunday.
Nomads hail from Mansfield, but are playing their home matches in the Bassetlaw League and Mansfield Sunday League this season at the Newstead Colliery ground on Tilford Road.
They are filling a cricketing void that the centre of the village has felt since the disbandment of Newstead Abbey CC a couple of years ago.
And on Sunday, they hope to encourage the community to come out in force in support of one of the ECB’s popular club open days.
Nomads have put their own spin on the event, combining it with a village fun day and a six-a-side cricket tournament.
Visitors will also get the chance to catch the final day of the Trent Bridge Test match between England and India on TV screens.
The open day scheme was launched last year by the ECB on the back of England’s victorious Ashes summer. More than 300 clubs across the country signed up.
This summer, Nomads are one of 600-plus clubs involved, and president Martin Cantrill hopes it will attract new members to the club, as well as possibly sparking enough interest to get their junior section up and running again.
“This is out first year at the Newstead ground and we want to raise the profile of the club,” said Cantrill. “We were told the former club didn’t have a good integration with the village, and there was a lot of vandalism of the facilities.
“Therefore, we want to try and get the kids involved and set up a junior team.
“This is a good opportunity to get the local community involved with Nomads and establish a connection.
“By getting players in when they’re young, hopefully they will build a really strong attachment to the club.
“The teams playing in the six-a-side tournament are made up of people who wouldn’t always play cricket, so hopefully they will enjoy themselves and want to stay involved with the sport.”
THE ECB Club Open Days scheme, in partnership with Waitrose, is a nationwide initaitive that aims to help boost grassroots cricket participation by encouraging clubs to open their pavilion doors and welcome guests from their local community. Visit www.ecb.co.uk/clubopendays.