Leicestershire & Rutland Cricket League Chairman Andy Jones has won a NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket Award (OSCA) at Lord’s.
Andy, who is also secretary of Wigston Town CC, was presented with the Leagues & Boards OSCA. It was given for the fantastic work that Andy puts into cricket in the county, a lot of which is done behind the scenes to ensure the league runs smoothly.
We also had Mohamed Hanif Ghodawala from Leicester Caribbeans Cricket Club who was shortlisted for Coach of the Year Award for all his hard work and commitment in gaining sponsorship for the club to benefit the children to purchase the required equipment for coaching. Numbers have increased from 10 to 50 children taking part in cricket which 7 include females.
Hanif was runner up in Coach Of The Year Award.
A host of current and former England cricketers including Georgia Adams, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Marcus Trescothick and Fran Wilson helped honour the efforts of grass-roots volunteers at the NatWest OSCAs for 2016.
The event was hosted by former Leicestershire bowler Jonathan Agnew at the Home of Cricket. It brought together over 400 people from across England and Wales to celebrate the heroes of the recreational game.
Matt Dwyer, ECB’s Director of Participation and Growth, who is pictured giving the award to Andy, said: “The NatWest OSCAs are our way of highlighting and rewarding the contributions volunteers make to grassroots cricket.
“The sport relies on the incredible amount of work they put in at their clubs every year. Congratulations to all of our outstanding winners and I hope they have had a day they will never forget.”
Martyn Wilson, Head of Sponsorship & Events at NatWest, said: “Up and down the country, volunteers are the lifeblood of the game. Without their contribution, the sport would be unrecognisable.
“We’re incredibly proud to continue to support the OSCAs, which serve as a fantastic opportunity to recognise the vital work of the nominees that so benefits their communities and the game they love.”
Former Leicestershire seamer Stuart Broad added: “Days like this are what it is all about – recognizing the volunteers who do so much incredible work behind the scenes. They are the reason we all have cricket clubs to play at and enjoy. The game simply wouldn’t function without them.”
Now in its fourteenth year, the NatWest OSCAs form an integral part of both NatWest and the ECB’s volunteering programmes which give cricket clubs advice on recruiting, training and rewarding volunteers.