The annual Leicester Sports Awards took place at the City Hall on Thursday 8th December, 2016. There were over Leicester Sports Awards 2016160 people in attendance to celebrate the success of people from local grass roots sport and physical activity.

Among the nominees were four from the sport of cricket. Rushey Mead School Under 15’s Cricket Team were shortlisted for Team of the Year, Sachi Manokaran from Electricity Sports CC was shortlisted for Coach of the Year, Finlay Moore from Houghton & Thurnby CC was shortlisted for Young Volunteer of the Year and Janali Faquir from Gateway College was shortlisted for the same award.

Rushey Mead U15 Cricket TeamRushey Mead U15’s Cricket Team were chosen as the winners of the Team of the Year Award following their
outstanding year competing for the school. The team won the U14’s Leicestershire English Schools Cricket Association One Day Cup, represented Leicestershire in the ESCA National Cup and made the ESCA National Finals, unfortunately losing to a Warwickshire school. The team finished as one of the top U15 teams in the country. They were praised for always supporting each other and for creating a positive team atmosphere.

Finlay Moore finished a runner-up in the Young Volunteer of the Year Award. He was nominated for his outstandingFinlay Moore & Janali Faquir work as a Sports Leader at Judgemeadow Community College, where has taken up all the opportunities available. He has helped officiate football, multi-sport and table tennis tournaments for local Primary schools. Finlay also helps with his local cricket club, Houghton & Thurnby CC, where he coaches the U10’s and has done over 52 hours ofvolunteering as part of his ECB Cricket Activator programme. Janali Faquir was also a runner-up in the same category. She was nominated for her work assisting with School Games cricket, badminton and the WISPA event. She has also set up the first female only cricket sessions at Gateway College while gaining her ECB Coach Support Worker qualification.

Sachi Manokaran completed a wonderful night for cricket by collecting the Coach of the Year award. He was nominated for his dedicated work as a club coach for Electricity Sachi ManokaranSports CC and work as a volunteer. Since completing his Level 2 coaching qualification he has taken it upon himself to get involved in as many grass roots initiatives as possible. He coaches at ESCC, leads the BTCL Academy, umpires in the Last Man Stands competition and also volunteers at Leicestershire CCC on T20 match days. It is as a coach on the Leicester Chance to Shine Street programme that Sachi has had an enormous impact on influencing young people to make the transition from community activity to join a club. Thanks to his efforts, 19 of the participants are now members at ESCC, a fantastic achievement.

Leicestershire County Cricket Club would like to congratulate all the winners and nominees for their contributions towards grass roots cricket and for encouraging people to chose and enjoy a lifelong involvement within the game.

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