ECB reveal 2004 OSCAs nominees

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The ECB today announced the nominees for the 2004 Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards, or OSCAs, which are aimed at recognising volunteers who give so much of their time to supporting cricket at recreational level.

Supported by NatWest, the ECB will hold its second annual OSCAs ceremony at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Monday 4 October. Nominees for the OSCAs fall into seven categories, with the overall winners announced on the day.

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The OSCAs event forms part of the ECB’s Volunteers Strategy which gives cricket clubs advice on recruiting, educating and rewarding volunteers. The ECB was the first National Governing Body to have a Volunteers Strategy and a National Volunteers Manager, having recruited Christine de Cruz to work in the role in August 2002.

Keith Pont, ECB Director of Development, said: “Reading the nominations for these awards, I feel humbled by the amount of time and effort which people put in on behalf of their cricket communities. Some seem literally to devote their lives to their cricket clubs.

“Every cricketer, however good they become, is developed by a cricket club, so clubs provide a vital operation in the functioning of the sport as a whole. I thank not only these nominees but also the many other thousands of volunteers who selflessly perform similar roles for the benefit of others and cricket in general. They are the real heroes of our sport.”

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Steve Day, Head of Brand Strategy at NatWest, commented: “With over 24 years involvement in English cricket, NatWest is acutely aware of the importance of volunteers to the game.

"Without these thousands of unsung heroes the game would simply not flourish and we would like to take this opportunity to give them the recognition they so richly deserve.”

The seven categories and their nominees are as follows:
Get Involved – “volunteer who gets involved with the club because his/her child plays”

  • Richard Fox: Olton and West Warwickshire CC. When his son started to play, he re-established the club’s youth section. In 12 years he has coached the U11s, U13s, U15s and U17s. Has built up a team of 14 coaches. In the winter he organises coaching sessions at local schools.
  • Andrew Corbett: Birstall Village CC, Leicestershire. Started junior section four years ago and has boosted its ranks to 87 children from 5-16 years old. Manager of North East District League, in the winter he also runs winter coaching sessions.
  • Simon Buckingham: Hook and Newnham Basics CC, Hampshire. Director of coaching, so responsible for all coaches, colts training and overseeing the four colts teams. Managers U13 team at club and North Hants District level. Currently writing the club’s development plan.

Volunteering – “volunteer who recruits and coordinates other cricket volunteers within the club and local community”

  • Khalda Shafiq: Newcastle City CC, Northumberland. Active member of Newcastle District Cricket Development Group and works closely with the local Council for Voluntary Service, Northumberland Cricket Board and Newcastle Council cricket development scheme. Revolutionised the administration, organisation and development of her club, for which she set up the junior section.
  • Mary Hall: Retford CC, Nottinghamshire. Been the most influential member ‘off the field’ for the last 58 years. Helped the club develop strong social & community links. She has held every role in the club and performed every unglamorous job from litter collections, night-time security, tea maker, fund raiser and toilet cleaner!

Make a Difference – “volunteer who brings in new commercial support through an innovative approach”

  • Neil Moore & Karl Brown: Willington CC, Durham. Jointly played major roles in developing the club, leading to the opening of a £300,000 new pavilion in April and the granting of ClubMark accreditation. Have gained success with numerous grant applications, run fund-raising events and changed the culture of the club to a vibrant, safe, effective, child friendly environment.
  • John Hogg: Burghill CC / Herefordshire Cricket Board. Recently co-ordinated all county squad photographs, making HCB over £700 for the project. Instrumental for formation and development of junior section at his club. Manages U13 county team and also helps disabled cricketers.
  • David Jones: Cheshire Cricket Alliance. Introduced IT skills to the league. Produces statistics and league tables, compiles handbook. Responsible for maintaining the league website which holds information for the 32 members of the league and has received 35,000 hits since 2000.

All Rounder – “volunteer who wears many hats and keeps the club running”

  • Gary Pike: Firwood Bootle CC, Lancashire. Driving force behind Bootle CC. Helped club achieve ClubMark accreditation and has attracted nearly £60,000 funding to develop the junior section and training facilities. Developed three junior teams as well as the women’s and disabilities sections. Devotes an estimated 1000 hours of voluntary service to cricket development each year.
  • Graham (Gay) Clarke: Attenborough CC, Nottinghamshire. Given 47 years of voluntary service to the club. Played major role in developing clubhouse from ‘changing rooms only’ into one with first class Nottinghamshire club facilities. Involved in maintenance to the ground, machinery, clubhouse etc. Devotes around 30 hours per week to volunteering work in cricket.
  • Doris Saunders: Porchfield CC, Isle of Wight. Club secretary for many years, she was responsible for initiating the club’s move to a new ground, linking in with another club to ensure sustainability. A tireless fundraiser, she has created a well structured development plan which has led to successful grant applications to Sport England and ECB.

Leagues and Boards – “volunteer who is active at local league, County Board or County age group levels”

  • Janet Rogers: Nottinghamshire Cricket Board. Sits on NCB as Chairman of the recreational council cricket committee’s ‘publicity, advisory services & promotions’ sub-committee. Has set up web-site, organises production of NCB handbook, oversees fixture bureau, is chairman of local umpires association, brings a new and innovative approach to the NCB. Premier League umpire!
  • Natalie Williams: Warwickshire Cricket Board. Major force behind development of ladies cricket. Developed senior women’s side from a team with a few friendly fixtures to one which plays in Frizzell County Championships. Has coached U13,U15, U17 age group squads, member of Primary & Secondary Schools coaching teams. Sits on 5 cricket committees at WCB.
  • Derek Hopkins: Bournemouth & District Cricket Association, Dorset CA. Joined BDCA committee in 1972 before becoming Chairman and then President. In his time he has formed youth leagues, formed the BDCA Over 50s, ran representative sides, produced the BDCA handbook for 28 years, organised their centenary week, initiated the double wicket competition and sat on numerous committees. Also formed Suttoners CC in 1967.

Youth – “volunteer under the age of 25 as at 06/10/03”

  • Andrew Addison (22): New Victoria CC, Southport & District Junior League. Club Secretary for four years, responsible for setting up club website, responsible for junior section, U13 team manager. He is also Southport and District Junior League secretary, has set up their website, keen member of Sefton Cricket development group for whom he manages the U11 side.
  • Mark Reynolds (24): Chipping Sodbury CC. Set up the club’s excellent website, managed U11, U13 and U17 teams in 2003, managed U11 and U13 teams this season, represents youth section on club committee, organised external training and development of seven new coaches, has developed links with various external organisations to the benefit of the club.
  • Stephen Boyd (24): Warkworth CC, Northumberland. Revived junior section at the club, delivers coaching to local schools, set up the club’s U11 team as well as coaching for boys and girls at the club. Last winter, travelled to New Zealand to coach school children and delivered their first ever schools festival where he secured funding for equipment allowing them to continue playing!

CricketForce – “volunteer or a group of volunteers who managed a project to improve the clubhouse and/or the club’s grounds”

  • Chorley Cricket Club Committee, Lancashire. Saved club from verge of collapse when, in March 2003, it was in debt and about to sell its land to a developer. A new committee was formed and transformed the club in a year. Organised redecoration of the function room (to increase business by 500%), improved condition of the ground, successfully sought donations and sponsorship, brought about financial stability.
  • Joe Goodman: Milton CC, Nottinghamshire. Chaired and led a committee which has organised the building of a new clubhouse and pavilion. Obtained a substantial award from Sport England and gained many other financial contributions for the project. Devotes an estimated 20 hours a week to volunteer work for the club.
  • John Surch: Great Rissington CC, Gloucestershire. Supervised and worked on creation of a new ground, the club having moved venues after 40 years. Has shown total commitment to pitch preparation and ground maintenance for over 20 years, during which he spent six years as captain.