NatWest OSCAs 2006 winners

NatWest OSCAs 2006 winners

2nd October 2006

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The 2006 NatWest OSCAs (Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards) were held on Monday October 2 at Lord’s Cricket Ground and the ECB are delighted to announce the winners of these prestigious awards.

William Murphy, from Essex, was the winner of the Young Volunteer Award, given to a volunteer under the age of 21 as at October 2 2006.

An integral member of Upminster Cricket Club, the 19-year-old captains the Sunday third XI and is always available for coaching. William is a willing volunteer who helps in any aspect of club life, from wicket maintenance to organising training sessions and even bar work.

The Leagues and Boards Award is given to a volunteer who is active at local league, County Board or County age-group levels and this year it was won by Michael Wood from Hertfordshire.

Michael is the results officer of the Saracens Hertfordshire League, a job which entails collating results from the league’s 240 teams and updating the website by 1am on Sundays. He also creates the fixture list, edits the league handbook and is responsible for the league’s website.

Paul Wooster of Lincolnshire was awarded the Another Way Award for those who have overcome adversity in the development of the game by thinking outside the boundary.

A central figure in the junior coaching set-up at Woodhall Spa, Paul is committed to the development of junior cricket. He established a system of two nights’ training and a match per week to give every youngster access to cricket.

His company also sponsored a trip to watch Nottinghamshire CCC, providing all players with the opportunity of seeing a first class match.

The Building Partnerships category, which is open to the nominations of a volunteer who has created sustainable partnerships with schools, voluntary organisations, other sports and/or the local community, was awarded to Gary Pike from Lancashire for his initiatives in providing cricket to a wider spectrum of youngsters.

He created the inaugural junior indoor winter league in Merseyside in partnership with Sefton Leisure Services and formed partnerships with more than 13 primary and secondary schools, providing local youngsters from deprived backgrounds with the opportunity to play cricket.

He established a partnership with Liverpool University, enabling Sports Graduates to gain extra experience.

NatWest CricketForce 2006 surpassed last year’s achievements with 1,050 clubs actively involved in the scheme across England and Wales. 70,000 volunteers took part over the weekend and £25m worth of investment was put into cricket clubs.

This year’s award goes to Shotley Bridge Cricket Club who made improvements to their ground totalling more than £10,000.

They re-papered and painted the entire pavilion, revamped the scorebox, including the installation of an electronic scoreboard and landscaped a new net area.

The Lifetime Achiever category was won by Alan Vollans of Yorkshire for his involvement in building partnerships with the local community, schools and within the club itself.

Alan, who was unable to attend the ceremony, has been integral in key projects, is head groundsman, coaches, chairs the committee and continues to play cricket at the age of 67!

The final category is entitled Behind the Scenes and is awarded to a volunteer who is invisible, but vital. This year’s winner was Pat Tremain from Essex for her accomplishments within the club.

She raised £45,000 in grants for outdoor nets, an electronic scoreboard and sightscreens as well as negotiating a lease with the Council.

She attended courses and is now the Club Welfare and Child Protection Officer as well as the link to social members, council officers and other clubs.

The ECB would like to congratulate the winners and thank them for all their invaluable support and hard work over the past season.