England cricket Tammy Beaumont’s contribution to cricket in Leicestershire and Rutland saw her pick up a special honour at the Chance to Shine Annual Awards.tammy mark tom

Tammy, who studied at Loughborough University and still lives in the county, was recognised for her dedication to grassroots cricket by winning the ‘Ambassador of the Year’ award.

The 23-year-old’s willingness to interact with young people has seen her become a hugely popular figure within the Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket’s school’s programme where she has offered expert advice and tips to budding cricketers.

Tammy was honoured to have been nominated by her peers and is proud to be working on Chance to Shine. The initiative is run by the Cricket Foundation, and new Leicestershire CCC and Leicestershire and Rutland CEO Wasim Khan MBE has been Chief Executive of the organisation since 2009.

She said: “I was really surprised to win the award but honoured to be nominated by the people that I have been working with over the last few months in the Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket (LRC) office. It’s very nice to be recognised for giving something back to cricket through Chance to Shine.

tammy video“I get on really well with everyone at the LRC and I can call them my friends now after spending time with them for a few months. It’s enjoyable to go out and coach with all of them and once you are mates, it helps the kids. Having a friendly atmosphere to a session really helps everybody.

“It’s great to go to work every day and see the kids’ smiling faces. It’s an integral part of getting children involved in cricket and in a few years’ time I think we’ll see Chance to Shine children playing professional cricket.

“There’s sometimes a few boys and girls who might not necessarily want to get involved at the start but by having a quiet word you can get them joining in. They might end the session in love with cricket and that’s what I take home every day. If I have got one child enjoying cricket by the end of the session, that’s what gives me a boost. That’s the reason I do it.”

Chance to Shine has brought cricket and its educational benefits to 10,000 state schools and has educated two and a half million children through the sport since it launched in 2005. The programme costs £5million a year to run, the equivalent of £15 per child.

Wasim is grateful for the continued support of everybody involved in the initiative. He said: “The awards are our way of saying thank you to the coaches, teachers, volunteers who are vital to the success of Chance to Shine. Without them, this campaign simply wouldn’t work. Thanks to them children around the country are getting the opportunity to play and learn through cricket.”

For more information please contact:

Mark Barber

Cricket Development Officer – Schools & Education

0116 244 2198

mark@leicestershirecricket.co.uk