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Chichester Priory Park pick up award

Graeme Bennison & Mike Gatting

Graeme Bennison of Chichester Priory Park Cricket Club receives the Club of the Year award from Mike Gatting at last night's Brit Insurance Annual Achievement Awards

Chichester Priory Park scooped the Chance to Shine Club of the Year prize at the Brit Insurance Annual Achievement Awards, which were held at Lord’s last night.

The Club of the Year award, which is sponsored by the ECB, recognises the contribution of the volunteer club managers who administer the Chance to Shine programme - the Cricket Foundation’s charitable campaign to educate two million state school children through cricket by 2015.

Chichester Priory Park’s Graeme Bennison, who has worked hard to develop links between the club and local bodies, picked up the award from former England captain Mike Gatting, now the ECB managing director of cricket partnerships.

A delighted Bennison said: “I don't know what to say to be honest, I certainly wasn't expecting anything. We used Chance to Shine as a vehicle to drive girls’ cricket into the club and have really developed our girls section.

“We've gone from nothing to 40 female members and a relatively successful women's section in three years which is amazing.”

Wasim Khan, chief executive of the Cricket Foundation, said: “The Brit Insurance Annual Achievement Awards are our opportunity to say thank you to all the people who work extremely hard on the Chance to Shine campaign in schools and clubs.

“We rely on the hard work of volunteers to make the programme a success and Graeme is a great example of someone who has devoted a lot of time to our campaign to educate through cricket.”

The awards were also attended by the governor of the Bank of England and Chance to Shine president Mervyn King, England stars Paul Collingwood and Jonathan Trott and England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards.

Other winners included St Mary’s School & College in Bexhill, who picked up the coveted School of the Year award, and Les Randall, who was named as Coach of the Year following his contribution towards disability cricket in Kent.

List of award winners:

Club of the Year (sponsored by the ECB): Chichester Priory Park CC
School of the Year: St Mary’s School & College in Bexhill
Coach of the Year: Les Randall
Brit Insurance Special Recognition Award: Peter Robinson – Chance to Shine Project Manager, Addington Village CC
Volunteer of the Year: Harmender Kalirai
Girls Development Award: Ormskirk School
Special Project 2010 sponsored by the Lord's Taverners: Great Ormond Street Hospital School and Evelina Hospital School
Cricketing Ambassador of the Year sponsored by the PCA: Devon Malcolm
MCC Spirit of Cricket Award: Andy O’Connor - Old Northamptonians CC

Watch the Cricket Foundation's review of the year film on YouTube