Birkenshaw scoops lifetime award
Legendary cricket coach Jack Birkenshaw has won the lifetime achievement award at the 2010 UK coaching awards.
The 70-year-old was presented with the gong in a glittering ceremony this evening at the Brewery in London.
The former England, Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Worcestershire all-rounder has been in the game for over 50 years as a player, coach and umpire.
His career coaching highlights also include winning the County Championship in 1996 and 1998 as head coach at Leicestershire.
The ECB’s Gordon Lord was named the coach educator of the year. Lord has had a profound influence on shaping the overall development of the ECB coaching pathway.
He chairs the ECB national source group and is also head of elite coach development, a position that has seen him play a leading role in developing a high-performance coaching strategy.
Graduates of the ECB UKCC Level Four programme include three current international head coaches; Andy Flower (England), Ottis Gibson (West Indies) and Alan Butcher (Zimbabwe), while 17 of the current 18 first-class county head coaches are also products of the system.
Hugh Morris, ECB managing director - England Cricket, said: "These awards are thoroughly well deserved and reflect the very significant contributions Gordon and Jack have made to our game.
"Gordon has been instrumental in developing our Level Four coaching course and helped ECB become recognised as a world leader in cricket coach development.
"As well as improving the calibre of home-grown coaching at county level, our elite level courses play an important role in educating coaches right across the world game and the fact that currently the coaches of three Test playing nations (England, West Indies and Zimbabwe) are Level Four graduates is testament to the quality of our coach education programme.
"Jack Birkenshaw has given cricket outstanding service over many years as a player, coach and mentor, and his passion for the sport and ability to communicate that enthusiasm to his fellow professionals has been integral to his success.
"He can take draw great pride from winning such a prestigious award as this."
Clare Connor, head of women’s cricket, said: "Nobody could be more deserving of an award for a lifetime of achievement than Jack.
"Over the past 50 years, Jack has undertaken virtually every role within the game and has earned worldwide respect for his passion, dedication and for the wonderful humour with which he approaches cricket and life.
"All of us involved in the England women's set-up feel utterly privileged to have worked alongside Jack during his three years as assistant coach to the England team.
"England women have won two World Cups and twice retained the Ashes during that time and Jack should take much credit for those successes."
Elsewhere, London Cricket coach Mike Bohndiek was named young coach of the year for making a huge impact in the Tower Hamlets district of London - one of the most deprived areas in the country.
Bohndiek has adapted his coaching to meet the needs of the diverse range of cultures in the borough, which has included securing funding to employ a full-time Bengali coach.
He has increased participation in sport through cricket and has seen five of his district players make the jump to county level in 2010. He has also encouraged under-17 and under-18 players to take coaching courses.
Meanwhile, Flower missed out on the high-performance coach of the year award - won by Peter Cowen, who has helped Lee Westwood to top golf’s rankings.