Nominate your local hero at NatWest Oscas 2006

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Do you know someone who donates their time and energy for the good of cricket in England and Wales? If so, this is your chance to reward their efforts.

The 2006 NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCAs), held annually, recognise the fantastic work of volunteers across the nation, who selflessly dedicate their time and effort in support of cricket. Winners will be invited to attend a lavish awards ceremony, attended by a host of cricketing VIPs at Lord’s, the home of English cricket on October 2, 2006.

The awards, with this year’s Building Partnerships theme, represent a big part of one of the ECB’s strategic goals: "Enthusing participation and following, especially among young people because without the work of the volunteers acknowledged in the ceremony, there would be no future Michael Vaughans or Andrew Flintoffs in the game."

Helen Page, NatWest Marketing Director, said: “NatWest is proud to honour the unsung heroes who make such an invaluable contribution to cricket in their communities.

"The NatWest OSCAs provides a rare opportunity to celebrate those unique individuals who are the cornerstone of grassroots cricket. These are the people who provide opportunities for young cricketers to fulfil their aspirations to reach the top and we are pleased to be able to show our appreciation.”

ECB’s Head of Development, Pete Ackerley, said: “Volunteers are crucial to the development of the game and I am always astonished by the amount of time that people give to cricket at recreational level. The OSCAs is our way of giving something back to them and showing our appreciation of their incredibly valuable work.

“Without these volunteers, cricket would definitely not be in the position it is in today. Every cricketer, young or old, boy or girl, professional or amateur, owes something to a volunteer, who tirelessly gives their time to the game for the benefit of others. The ECB wants to give recognition for their continued hard work and commitment to the game.”

There are seven award categories open for nominations, and in each of these a shortlisted final three nominees will be compiled by an independent judging panel, which will meet in July.

All the nomination categories and online nomination forms can be accessed from the NatWest OSCAs section of ecb.co.uk.

Nominations must be received by June 30.