ASDA Volunteer of the Month 2013
Cricket Scotland honoured the life blood of their sport yesterday by presenting the recent ASDA Volunteer of the Month Awards and celebrating the contribution of these individuals.
The winners were presented with their certificates during the recent Scotland v Australia match at the Grange.
Steve Paige was on hand to present the awards and afterwards said, ““I’m delighted that we can recognise the valuable contributions that Kim, Graham, Tony, Mark and Pete have made to the development of cricket in their local areas. I’m grateful to the support from Asda in enabling us to reward our key volunteers through the ASDA Volunteer of the Month Awards which is now in its fourth year”.
The certificates were presented by Community Life Champion from ASDA Leanne Vennard.
Volunteer of the Month Winners
Tony Phillips – Callandar Cricket Club
Tony has recently re-established a cricket club in the rural Stirlingshire town of Callander.
Over the spring Tony conducted school taster sessions leading to evening sessions held at McLaren Sport Centre where over 40 youngsters attended. The school taster sessions continued into the Summer term with Tony regularly conducting sessions in the McLaren Cluster, leading to regular Kwik cricket festivals at the ground. This in turn lead to regular Saturday morning junior training sessions. The junior team has played 3 fixtures against other juniors sides this year, considering that in January there was nothing in place this is a massive achievement.
Not content, Tony has managed to round up a number of willing guys wanting to play recreational cricket. Indeed 16 guys have regularly trained throughout the summer, and two fixtures have been played. The club are applying to join the Strathmore & Perthshire Cricket Union in 2014.
Tony has been influential in setting the club up to be ‘open’ and ‘community focused’. The club has recently been constituted and issued with a bank account. Tony is currently applying for funding to help the club grow in the future.
Graham Hewitson – Angus Development Group
Graham long standing committee member of Strathmore C.C. heading up the junior section.
Graham is a key figure and administrator in Angus, where he sits on the Cricket Development Group committee and has been a catalyst in ensuring funding, policies and procedures are in place to deliver the CS ‘Summer Squad’ schools coaching programme over the past two years.
Kim Neill – Nairn Cricket Club
Kim is a cricket and sports enthusiast. Kim has dedicated much of her ‘free’ time to coaching cricket, not only at her beloved Nairn Cricket Club but all over the Highlands. Kim has a real passion for coaching juniors the correct techniques and skills and anybody else who is willing to listen! Kim has been instrumental in helping organise girls sessions that have taken place and are due to take place in the Highlands but also in Moray. Ferrying children to and from games and sessions is not necessary an exciting job, but one in which she does without too much hesitation. Children playing games and coaching in a fun, safe, learning environment is some of the key skills that Kim possess.
Kim is so reliable, keen to learn new practices and games and I can’t think of a more worth winner. Kim is a key volunteer for developing the grass roots level of the game in the Highlands and has a huge role to play in encouraging and keeping girls playing the game.
Pete Wilkinson – Stewart’s Melville Royal High Cricket Club
Pete came to SMRH in spring 2010 having coached junior cricket for many years. The Club's Junior Section had declined markedly with very small numbers at only older age groups. Pete's incredible energy, enthusiasm, coaching and organisational skills very quickly transformed the Club's junior cricket to a position where the Club now has c120 Juniors playing at all levels from U10 to U18, indeed even hosting our first U9 Festival in this summer.
Under Pete's leadership and with his enormous personal commitment we are fully focused on participation and providing opportunities for those who want to try / play cricket. In addition to our significant summer programme, Pete has put in place an extensive, structured indoor winter programme, for all age groups, as well as both annual Easter and Summer Camps. The Club could not have made such progress without Pete's enormous contribution."
Mark Anderson – Tranent Cricket Club
Mark Anderson joined Tranent CC in 2011 and has been heavily involved in almost all aspects of the club since. He is the current President and Junior Development Manager for the club which has entailed a huge amount of work at the burgeoning club. Mark has been the driving force behind the Tranent Titans Junior Section that has now grown to 3 teams and he`s involved in all aspects included running after school clubs, junior training nights, winter programmes, taking teams to festivals and even organising the playing kit!
Tranent have had significant growth and success at senior level as well with the club almost ready to introduce a 3rd XI next year and hopefully move into their new ground at Meadowmill in Tranent. Tranent CC has been a real success story in East Lothian and have come so far in such a short period of time thanks to the huge efforts of volunteers like Mark.