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ECB up for two awards

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National Disability Coaches

In June ECB appointed four head coaches in additional voluntary roles to work with its national disability squads

ECB has been shortlisted twice for the RADAR People of the Year Human Rights Awards which will be held on November 29.

National disability manager Ian Martin is one of seven contesting the Person of the Year Award while ECB is in the running for the Sports Award.

The Person of the Year Award is for 'an individual who has made a significant difference to the human and civil rights of disabled people, through unswerving commitment to equality'.

"I'm very flattered to have even been nominated, let alone shortlisted amongst some very talented and inspirational people who are making a massive contribution to the lives of disabled people across the country," said Martin.

"It’s very satisfying to know that the work of myself and an army of volunteers involved in disability cricket across England and Wales is being acknowledged in this way."

ECB Chief Executive David Collier backed Martin's nomination.

“Ian Martin has not only played a major role in developing ECB's disability programmes, but his work has also been recognised by the International Cricket Council, resulting in him leading the development of disability programmes throughout the cricketing world.

"His work is inspirational and has placed smiles on the faces of disability sportsmen and sportswomen worldwide.”

The Sports Award is for 'an individual or group who has achieved significant sporting success and/or inspired or enabled other disabled people to do so'.

ECB, along with four others, will compete for the award.

Martin added: "We have a vision in place to make our sport more accessible for all members of our community and being shortlisted for this award is an acknowledgement that as a major governing body of sport in this country we are making great strides in ensuring that people with all types of disability have access to our game and enjoy a quality experience when they are involved in it at whatever level.”