A Day in the Life of a Test Match Yorkie
The Yorkies are the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation’s major match day volunteer support team. They help out at all major matches across the cricket season, taking part in a variety of roles.
As England took on Pakistan, the Yorkies were on hand once again to welcome spectators to Emerald Headingley.
Here’s what they got up to…
8.15am – Yorkie Arrival
We all arrive bright and early, an hour and a half before spectators to ensure they got the best possible welcome to Emerald Headingley Stadium. After a cup of Yorkshire’s finest and a catch up with the rest of the Yorkie team, we had a quick briefing from Beth and everyone got to find out what they were up to that day. Volunteer roles range from welcoming on the gates to working in the ticket office- so there’s something for everybody really.
9am- Gates open!
About ten minutes before gates open, we all walk across to take our position for our roles, there’s an exciting buzz in the air ready for the first round of spectators to enter the gates. We’re equipped with all our giveaways and ready to show people to their seats or help them in whatever way we can. Everyone’s super excited for the first international game of the year here.
10am – Busy, busy, busy!
People are flooding through the gates now, it’s a busy atmosphere. Working in the ticket office is a great way to meet lots of exciting people and you often get to meet an ex-player or two. Swarms of people take to the First Bus service- appropriately named Route 66- providing transport for spectators to get from the city centre to Emerald Headingley. People are busy visiting the YCCC museum and getting their scorecards from us.
Lots of people are getting snap happy with the #YCFSelfie twitter competition, as lead by us Yorkies and we even managed to get some England players involved too!
The match starts and there’s a few people still coming through the gates. The shop and ticket office are getting a bit quieter now and you can hear the announcer through the tannoy and the crowd roaring, we’re looking forward to taking our seats! Some Yorkies are working on Tri-Vision (responsible for changing the screen every over) so they’ll be in position ready for the first over.
We make our way back to Yorkie HQ to hand in our equipment and get our ticket and meal voucher. After another quick brew and a debrief of the morning, we head across to grab lunch before making our way to the stands. Looking forward to tomorrow!
We would like to extend a massive ‘THANK YOU’ to the 30 Yorkies who committed to 172.5 hours to the spectator experience over the three days of the test match.
Interested in becoming a Yorkie?
To become a Yorkie or for more information about volunteering, contact Beth.Cook@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com