Volunteers to be celebrated in 2023 Cricket Collective Awards

The National Cricket Collective Awards recognise the hard work and dedication of volunteers.

County Cricket Boards are completing their nominations for the 2023 National Cricket Collective Awards in what promises to be another incredible celebration of the hard work and dedication given by cricket volunteers across England and Wales.

This year, cricket will recognise the best volunteers in the country across 11 different categories. A Lifetime Achiever Award will be reserved for one special individual who has served the game for decades, while there will also be awards for – amongst other areas – Unsung Hero, Rising Star and Tackling Climate Change.

ECB chief executive Richard Gould said: “Cricket is a sport carried by the heroic efforts of volunteers across the country and the Cricket Collective Awards are a brilliant way for us to reflect on and give thanks to some incredible contributions over the last 12 months.

“There are so many roles within the recreational game, and the diversity of the role celebrated in the 2023 Cricket Collective Awards reflect that. I would like to congratulate every individual winner at County level, and I look forward to celebrating the hard work and achievements of the national award winners later this year.”

First-Class Counties and National Counties are overseeing the county awards from now until the end of November, with award winners announced at local events and on County social media channels. The national award winners will be selected from across those who have won County awards and will be announced this winter.

The 2023 Cricket Collective Awards

Connecting Communities - A club or community organisation which has gone above and beyond to #raisethegame and support communities/groups.

Inspired to Play - An individual or group within your club or community organisation going above and beyond to #raisethegame and open the game up to new audiences.

Growing the Game - A league volunteer, committee member, or administrator going above and beyond to support clubs and help increase the number of games played.

Lifetime Achiever - That one individual who has given many years of service to your club or community group and who you could not do without.

Cricket Innovators - Someone who has brought new ideas and/or implemented new systems to improve your club or community group.

Unsung Hero - Those heroes who impact our game from behind-the-scenes and help us make cricket happen.

Rising Star Award - A young volunteer making a difference in the game (for 11-16-year-olds).

Game Changer - A young volunteer making a difference in the game (for 17-25-year-olds).

SafeHands Award - An individual that has gone above and beyond to create a positive and inclusive environment for young people to enjoy the game.

Volunteer Grounds Management Team of the Year - An opportunity to reward and recognise those volunteers who are working hard and improving the places where the game is played.

Tackling Climate Change - A club or community organisation that is addressing the threat climate change poses to cricket, by making sustainable changes to operations, adapting their facilities and/or engaging and educating their local community.