Mark BarberLRC Senior Cricket Development Officer Mark Barber was recently nominated by his club Sileby Town CC and shortlisted for the BBC Get Inspired Sports Unsung Hero.

Mark, who has been with Sileby for over 20 years as a player, captain, coach and now Academy Chairman, was nominated by Ella Frost for his selfless work with the Sileby Town Academy, but most especially the work he’s done with the fledgling Girls section – which is a new venture for the club.

Ella said: “Mark gives up so much of his free time and time that he’d normally spend with his family to help and support so many of the juniors in the Academy, but especially the new Girls team.”

Club Chairman Nigel Kinch added: “Mark’s been a real asset to the club over many years and for him to get recognition like this is absolutely fantastic. He took on the Academy a couple of years ago and has really run with it and the work he’s done with the girls team has been exceptional.

Laura Joyce, Cricket Development Manager at LRC said: “Mark is a dedicated and hard working member of the LRC development team and this passion and enthusiasm carries through in the voluntary work he does for his club. Despite putting in substantial hours as part of his day job, he still finds the time to invest countless volunteer hours to make sure people have the opportunity to be part of this great sport. Mark is one of hundreds of volunteers supporting grassroots cricket across the County and we’re proud that his club took the time to recognise his contribution to the game”

Mark was up against two other finalists in the East Midlands and narrowly lost out on progressing to the Midlands final with nominee Pete Harris of Ibstock Utd Junior Football club taking the plaudits for the fantastic work he’s done developing their disability section.

To view the feature on Mark which appeared on East Midlands Today  please click here