The Third Investec Ashes Test match staged at Emirates Old Trafford saw England retain the Ashes Urn against Australia.
Although the match was slightly dampened by the poor weather on the day 5, there were smiles all round from the Lancashire County Cricket Club Ashes volunteers, as there had been throughout the full five days of the Test.
Around 60-70 volunteers gave up their time each day to help direct spectators and answer any queries they had. The volunteers played a vital role in ensuring Emirates Old Trafford delivered a successful Investec Ashes Test match by welcoming customers and creating a friendly atmosphere.
Jake Harrison, one of the volunteers, explained the experience was an ‘opportunity of a lifetime.’ He also identified that he would like the ‘chance to volunteer at Emirates Old Trafford in the future.’ The NatWest Series One Day International at Emirates Old Trafford on the 8th September 2013 is a great opportunity for the club to recreate the success of the volunteer workforce at the Ashes Test.
There were a number of volunteers who have had plenty experience of volunteering at major sports events. Val Cottam, who volunteered at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and many other major sporting events to have taken place in the local area, described her time at the cricket as ‘a fantastic event to be involved in with a friendly atmosphere.’
It was a great honour for Lancashire County Cricket Club to work with the volunteers. They were passionate about helping people and their positivity and dedication to their role was inspiring for the Club, who are very grateful for the time and effort each volunteer gave to help stage the third Investec Ashes Test match.