LMS Volunteer of the Month Awards
Last Man Stands Volunteer Award Winners 2014
Cricket Scotland was extremely proud to celebrate the achievements of some of our brilliant volunteers at the Scotland v New Zealand A fixture at the Grange. Despite the inclement weather, we hosted our 6 Last Man Stands Volunteer Award Winners to acknowledge their huge contribution to cricket in Scotland.
There`s no doubt that our volunteers are the life-blood of our game, and while we acknowledged some special volunteers on the day, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers around the country who make cricket happen week in, week out at their clubs and schools. It`s your dedication and hard work that makes cricket such a fantastic sport.
Ian Sandbrook was on hand to present the awards and afterwards said, “I feel privileged that we can recognise the superb contributions that Steve, Allan, Richard, Natalie, Kathryn and Graeme have made to the development of cricket in their local areas. Their phenomenal commitment to the game and their clubs is truly inspiring for all involved. I’m also grateful for the support from Paul Reddish at Last Man Stands in enabling us to reward our key volunteers through these awards.”
The certificates were presented by Last Man Stands Scotland Franchise Owner, Paul Reddish, and Cricket Scotland President Colin Neill.
Richard Bogie – Gifford Cricket Club and East Lothian County Cricket
Richard is also a volunteer coach and administrator for the newly formed East Lothian County Cricket Club, which provides a transition for young cricketers to hardball cricket. Under 11 and under 13 boys and girls from all over East Lothian play together as a team in the Edinburgh and Lothians Junior Leagues and it has been great to see the camaraderie develop between players from different areas in our county by playing cricket together.
Richard looks after the under 13s and has created a fun and positive environment for all involved, with a focus on learning new skills, sportsmanship and making sure everyone gets a chance to contribute to the team effort.
Apart from all the above, Richard will happily help with transport and taxi players around the county and he will always try to re-schedule work commitments to fit around junior cricket – now that’s commitment!
Graeme Anderson - Clackmannan County C.C.
Graeme Anderson has been the driving force behind the resurgence in Clackmannan County juniors. In 2012 the club had fewer than 10 juniors, since Graeme took over the role of junior convenor the juniors have gone from strength to strength. Graeme has over seen the re-naming of the juniors to Clacks Cougar’s, organised and led on the schools coaching programme, regularly attended meetings with Cricket Forth Valley /Clackmannan Council, overseen fundraising activities, undertaken a ‘coaching children’ UKCC L2, all of which have contributed to rejuvenate the junior section, which now stands at 30 members.
Cricket has been played in the picturesque village of Gifford in East Lothian for 42 years. Richard Bogie has been the driving force behind junior/kwik cricket for the past 6 years, introducing boys and girls to the game and recruiting parent-helpers along the way. This year has been the most successful, with more than 50 young players attending sessions on the local green on a Sunday morning and the club hosting its very first Kwik Cricket Festival.
Steve Taylor – Clydesdale CC
Steve was nominated for this award as a result of his enthusiasm and determination to enable young people to take part in cricket. Steve has continued to run the Clydesdale U13 and U13'B' Junior XIs (at least 2 evenings per week in the summer and up to 30 hours of winter coaching time) and also the Clydesdale CC 4th XI - a team which is often made up of 7 or more U15 players.
He was also a driving force behind the Clydesdale CC U15 Youth Development Tour to Guernsey and he continues to be a leader in Club fund-raising ideas and a key member of the Club's Cricket Committee.
Furthermore, Steve also started a Clydesdale CC "Satellite" Cricket Club at Woodfarm High School - with the aim of the "Satellite" Club being to introduce young people to cricket in a Local Authority with little cricket
Allan Duncan – Elgin CC and Moray Cricket Association
As President of Elgin CC Allan is the driving force behind the club. Allan is a `hands-on` president who roles his sleeves up and gets stuck in with gusto and then some! He`s not only President but 2nd XI Captain, Head Coach, and drives the club’s commitment to TOPClub, where they recently attained Active status.
Allan also sat the Coaching Children certificate in March using the knowledge gained to revitalise junior (& senior!) training at Elgin. Allan also puts his coaching skills to further use by assisting with junior coaching at Fochabers CC where his children are members.
Not content with all this, he is also Secretary of the Moray Cricket Association and the North of Scotland Cricket Association.
Allan is a true stalwart of cricket in the North and is thoroughly deserving of this award.
Natalie Hamblin – Galloway CC
Natalie was new to cricket not that long ago and now does a power of work at Galloway CC and its surrounding schools. She is also completing her Certificate in Coaching Children qualification to further improve her coaching at the club and local schools. Natalie has been instrumental in setting up a team at Castle Douglas High school and getting girls to engage in cricket. Natalie works tirelessly at Galloway CC and not only runs and coaches the women’s team but also helps out coaching the junior programme. Natalie only started playing cricket a couple of years ago and had no experience in playing or coaching the game, she has come a long way in a very short space of time. When she is living in Stirling she also helps out and coaches in the local schools and is a big part of supporting the girls only cricket taster sessions that go on.
Kathryn White – St Boswells CC
Kathryn somehow finds time to play for St. Boswells 1st XI as Vice-Captain, play national team cricket, have a young family and run the women’s section at St. Boswells. Pretty impressive I would say. Kathryn started the ladies section at St. Boswells a few years ago now and is committed to seeing the youngsters’ progress and improve. St. Boswells support and play in all the indoor, national league and Scottish cup, hugely impressive for a smallish village!