Yorkshire's outstanding volunteers earn awards

Yorkshire's outstanding volunteers earn awards

28th September 2007

An 84 year-old former cricket umpire and football referee from Bradford was honoured for his services to cricket with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the inaugural Yorkshire OSCA’s staged at Headingley recently.

Kenneth Teasdale is in his 57th year as secretary and treasurer of the West Riding Sunday Cricket Council and received the prestigious OSCA (Outstanding Services to Cricket) award for making ’an outstanding difference to cricket over a sustained period.’

Until he was 75, Ken was a football referee and this year, due to ill health he was forced to retire as a cricket umpire after 40 years service.His league, the Bradford Central Cricket League is now an all Asian League but they treasure him at the helm and his re-election is always unanimous.

The runner-up in the Lifetime Achievement category was Lightcliffe Cricket Club’s groundsman Rod Heyhoe while husband and wife team Betty and Eric Chadderton from Amaranth CC in the Wetherby and District League won a Special Service to Cricket Award for their Lifetime Partnership in Achievement for Cricket.

According to the citation, Eric and Betty could, between them, have won any or all of the awards from scoring, umpiring, and coaching to Behind the Scenes and Lifetime Achiever Awards. Their service as a husband and wife team has been unique for over 40 years serving a host of organisations including Amaranth CC, Wetherby & District League, Leeds Area Cricket Council, Yorkshire youth cricket from the Yorkshire Cricket Federation to the present and the Yorkshire Cricket Association.

The Yorkshire Cricket Board honoured their volunteers in cricket at a ceremony held at the Bradford and Bingley Yorkshire Cricket Centre at Headingley on Thursday September 20 celebrating some outstanding achievement.

Board Vice Chairman, Philip Radcliffe, Director of Development Andrew Watson and County Club Chief Executive Stewart Regan presented the following awards:

Another Way

Volunteers or Groups who have alternative ways of development by thinking outside the boundary

Winner: Ken Saul, Sewerby CC

Ken led a team reached which raised money by the Sewerby Gala. links with local business obtaining help in kind and labour and with club voluntary labour halved the cost of the £300,000 new pavilion opened in July

Runner Up:The Woolsley family,South Kirkby CC

Gar and Trisj with their children Dean, Dale and Demi have raised thousands of pounds for the club through 15 fund-raising efforts this year

Building Partnerships

A volunteer or organisation who has created sustainable partnerships with other organisations

Winner:Pat Flaherty,Shiregreen CC - Sheffield Area Council

For a school partnership built with Activity Sheffield which has involved 2,000 children in Kwik Cricket festivals in his area in 2007

Runner Up:Paul Payling,Frecheville CC

Initiated link between club and Birley Community College developing a partnership of 5 schools with the club 16 and 17 year olds involved in community coaching

Services to Groundsmanship

A Groundsman who has given long-term service to groundsmanship and their club

Winner:Brian Hobson,Frecheville CC

Groundsman at Frecheville for 50 years catering for 10 teams with one of the best playing surfaces in the area

Runner Up: Brian Marshall,Spofforth CC

Club Ground manager who has extended the square for juniors, enlarged the outfield by 15% and personally laid 300m of new drainage

Services to Scoring

A scorer who had given long-term service and advanced the stature of scoring

Winner: Rodney Annison, Booth CC

Started scoring for his club as a 13-year old in 1951 and scored ever since, also running scorers courses in Halifax and has been Club Chairman for 40 years

Runner Up: Alan Gott,Long Marston CC

Given outstanding service to his club as scorer for 54 years setting the benchmark for others

Services to Umpiring

An Umpire who had given long-term service and made a difference to umpiring

Winner: Frank Richardson, South Yorkshire

Now 91 years of age, has given decades of service to umpiring in South Yorkshire and Yorkshire League, tutoring and mentoring hundreds of umpires

Services to Youth Representative Cricket

An individual who has given a life-long commitment to youth representative cricket and made a difference

Winner:Adrian Grayson, North Yorkshire Schools,Bedale CC

A coach for 33 years at club and Yorkshire Board Pathways level with outstanding service to North Yorkshire Schools who he has led and coached since 1964

Runner Up: Michael Jagger, Huddersfield

For unstinting service to Under 13 and Under 15 cricket and representative teams in the Huddersfield area

Services to Coaching Young People

A coach with a long successful history who has made a difference for many young players

Winner: Jack Bethel, Sheffield Junior League & South Yorkshire

A coach of young people for over 30 years at club level, league level , area and district level and with YCB Pathways coaching up to 300 youngsters every winter

Runner Up: John Cowan, Huddersfield

An inspirational coach and manager with a special empathy with the disadvantaged who has retired this year after 35 years as a coach at his club Almondbury Wesleyans and in the Huddersfield area

Leagues and Boards

A dedicated individual who has achieved sustainable results for a League

Winner:Michael Crossland, Pontefract & District League

An umpire for 40 years, involved also with fixtures and grounds, as league secretary for 10 years he has expanded its membership from 18 to 35 clubs.

Runner Up: Trevor Coe, Craven & District League

A league official for 26 years , being chairman , secretary and treasurer and now fixture secretary. Founded the league umpires association and Joe Lumb team

Behind the Scenes

The clubman of the year - someone without whom a club could not exist

Winner: Terry Kavanagh, Spofforth CC

Born and bred in the village, a committee man for 46 years (secretary 15, chairman 8, treasurer 14) he has developed his club from a small village side to one running 4 senior and 6 junior teams including girls.

Runner Up: Brian Calverley, Hunslet Nelson CC

Involved at his club for 30 years as captain, treasurer, fund raiser and groundsman. Also managed the Heavy Woollen age group teams for 20 years.

Disability Achiever of the Year

A player from a disability group who has achieved highly in 2007 and so raised the aspirations of others

Winner:Allun Hughes, England, Yorkshire Terriers County Disabled Team

Winner: John Taylor England, Yorkshire Terriers County Disabled Team

Two young men with Learning Difficulties who both played for England in the Tri Nations LD competition this year. Allun regularly travels from Hull to the Midlands with four train changes which has should huge courage and presence of mind for one with his challenges. John from Bradford was instrumental in bowling Australia out for the first time and was Man of the Match in the following game. Good friends and impossible to separate - Joint Winners

Volunteer of the Year

An individual whose volunteering in 2007 has truly made a difference

Winner: John Baverstock, Shiregreen CC

Only joined his club three years ago with his stepson, but plunged immediately into fund-raising efforts and was the prime mover in his clubs successful NatWest CricketForce project with many ground improvements etc. Has raised thousands of pounds for the club and in 2006-7 hitch-hiked from Sheffield to Lands End to John O‘ Groats to Sheffield to raise funds

Runner Up: Kath Grigg, Barnsley CC

A committee member for 20 years, being secretary, treasurer and now club welfare officer. Training to be an ECB Child Welfare trainer.

Young Volunteer of the Year

A young volunteer Under 21 years who has made a difference in 2007

Winner: Adam Cutmore, Brodsworth CC

Aged just 17 and at Don Valley Sixth College, Adam has volunteered at his club for three years helping coaches and on the ground. An ECB UK Level 1 coach already, he has managed the Barnsley Under 13s side. In 2007, he took over all pitch preparation at his club with excellent results and also used his initiative to obtained a new batting cage through Doncaster Youth Bank. He has also broken through into his clubs 1st X1

Runner Up: Dan Bamforth, Higham CC

Dan is 16 and at Barnsley Tertiary College. He also has given three years of invaluable service to his club painting and helping on the ground. He has come into his own with the Under 11 and Under 13 teams and will take the ECB UK Level 1 coaching course this autumn.

Lifetime Achiever

An individual who has made an outstanding deference to cricket over a sustained period

Winner: Kenneth Teasdale, West Riding Sunday Council

Ken Teasdale is in his 57th year as secretary and treasurer of his League. Aged 84 he retired this year from umpiring after 40 years due to ill-health (and was a football referee to 75).

Runner Up: Rod Heyhoe, Lightcliffe C C & Groundsmanship

Joined his club as an 8 year-old, 54 years ago. 20 years on the committee, 15 as groundsman and 10 as secretary. Also on the Bradford Junior League committee for 30 years and Bradford League 17 years. Chairman of YCB Groundsmans Association since its formation

Special Service to Cricket Award

A Lifetime Partnership in Achievement for Cricket

Winner: Betty and Eric Chadderton

Amaranth C C , Wetherby League . Yorkshire Youth Cricket

Eric and Betty between them could have won scoring , umpiring, coaching , youth representative cricket, League and Board, Behind the Scenes and Lifetime Achiever Awards. Their service as a husband and wife team has been unique for over 40 years serving Amaranth CC, Wetherby & District League, Leeds Area Cricket Council, Yorkshire youth cricket from the Yorkshire Cricket Federation to the present, and the Yorkshire Cricket Association