ASDA Volunteer of the Month 2012
Last Friday saw the ASDA Volunteer of the Month winners take a trip to Murrayfield for corporate hospitality, as Edinburgh hosted Racing Metro in the Heineken Cup.
It was an evening to honour the volunteers, who have all made a special contribution to Scottish cricket and the bleak Scottish weather on Friday night wasn’t going to dampen their spirits.
The evening started with food and drink before Ian Jacobs took some snaps, before the volunteers were presented with their certificates. Then it was off to take in the rugby; unfortunately conditions didn’t make for the most entertaining of matches, with Racing Metro coming out on top 3-15 at full time.
After the match Cricket Scotland Development Manager, Steve Paige said, “Each volunteer that has been awarded this honour, thoroughly deserve recognition. Volunteers are the lifeblood in our sport, and this was an opportunity to give something back to those who dedicate hours of their lives to the game we love.”
The 2012 ASDA Award Winners:
April - Mary Hughes
Mary is a cricket enthusiast who will often spend morning, noon and night coaching in local primary schools, secondary schools and at Galloway Cricket Club. Mary set up the ladies section at Galloway CC in August 2011 and since then has seen the section grow with remarkable pace. Galloway played in three indoor tournaments over the winter after successfully entered both the Women’s National League and Scottish Cup, recently winning their first National League match.
To further this, Galloway recently entered and won the Women’s Indoor Tournament at Peebles, a remarkable achievement considering they are just over a year old as a section.
Girls and Women’s Development Manager, Kari Carswell said “Mary is a valuable volunteer and I hope this award goes some way to recognising her efforts in developing grass roots cricket in Galloway. I have never met someone with so much energy and passion to get girls and women playing the game and it’s a real honour and privilege to work alongside her”.
May - Dick Auchinleck
Dick has been a cricket stalwart not only at Forfarshire CC but as a Board member for a number of years at Cricket Scotland. This recognition is for the work that Dick, along with the June winner (Gavin Garden), has carried out with the Dundee Development Group.
The enthusiasm shown to revitalise cricket in the town, reforming the Dundee Development group and crucially bringing together partners in the area to create a Community Coach post is seeing increased numbers of children being exposed to the game.
Not only have they brought a number of partners together, but they have raised the funds for the post and created strong links with the Active Schools team.
June - Gavin Garden
Gavin has been a sporting stalwart not only with Dundee HSFP cricket club but also with their rugby section.
This recognition is for the work that Gavin along with the May winner (Dick Auchinleck) has carried out with the Dundee Development Group. The enthusiasm shown to revitalise cricket in the town by reforming the Dundee Development group and crucially bringing together partners in the area to create a Community Coach post is seeing more and more children being exposed to the game.
Not only have they brought a number of partners together, but they have raised the funds for the post, while creating strong links with the Active Schools team.
The drive and enthusiasm shown by Dick and Gavin is very much appreciated by the cricketing community.
July - Allan Moffat
During 2012, Allan has organised a girl’s festival at Hawick and Wilton CC, which was attended by over 50+ children aged P4-P7.
In addition Allan is a constant face in Primary School cricket in the town.
“Allan delivers cricket in 8 of the 10 Hawick schools during curriculum time and has stopped delivering in the other 2 because school staff now run the after-school clubs there!” commented Borders Cricket Development Manager, Neil Cameron.
“I witnessed all the effort that Allan put in at the culmination of the Primary Schools festivals in June at Hawick and Wilton Cricket Club. One Saturday morning saw 120 youngsters from 12 schools team, 3 head teachers were in attendance, a large number of club volunteers and the sponsor. The best bit for me was the number of youngsters wearing wellies, coats and getting stuck in” he added.
August - Iain Murdoch
Whilst this is a volunteer of the month award, to reach this point, Iain has taken on a journey spanning across a number of years.
Iain initially came to Cricket Scotland with an idea a couple of year ago about getting some form of staffing for West Lothian to create a Community Coach post.
Iain has been dogged and determined to keep on driving this project forward, in doing so, he has brought the three clubs together (West Lothian, Livingston and Fauldhouse) to form ‘Cricket West Lothian’ while also getting the local council on board as well as Cricket Scotland he successfully succeeded in creating the post. Each partner organisation has put in place funds to enable the much needed coaching position to become a reality.
He is currently trying to ensure that the post becomes a long term fixture after it went live in West Lothian earlier in the year.
2012 will be the second year running that someone from Cricket West Lothian has been a recipient of an Asda Volunteer of the Month prize.
September - Hugh Farries
Hugh is a regular fixture at Nunholm, the home of Dumfries Cricket Club.
Hugh now coaches the Club’s women’s team, who entered the Scottish Cup in 2012 and are in place for each of the three indoor competitions this winter.
In addition to this, he has carried out a large amount of unseen work in regards to the administration of the Community Coach post. The collation of figures, registers and working closely with Cricket Scotland to ensure that the finances for the post are correct. This work has been fundamental to the success of the coaching role.