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Winners announced - Pepsi ICC Development Programme Annual Awards 2008

Fri, Mar 6, 2009 10:11 AM


ICC Europe would like to congratulate the following Pepsi ICC Development Programme Award winners (Europe):

Best Overall Cricket Development Programme

This award places emphasis on excellence in all of governance, management, cricket operations and development. The winner of this award will be an outstanding national cricket body with an excellent national cricket structure that caters for senior and junior players, both male and female.

Winner: Cricket Scotland

Best Women's Cricket Initiative

Relates to any outstanding initiative or activity such as competitions, school programs, training courses, clinics or awareness programs that has enhanced the development of women's cricket within the community or country.

Winner: Cricket Ireland

Best Junior Cricket Initiative

Relates to a new initiative that has given young players the opportunity to play cricket in an organized competition, therefore enhancing the long term development and viability of cricket within the community or country.

Winner: Finnish Cricket Association

Best Cricket Promotional and Marketing Programme

Relates to an outstanding cricket promotional initiative or activity such as websites, media coverage, sponsorship initiatives, government support or other partnerships that have significantly enhanced cricket participation and/or awareness.

Winner: Jersey Cricket Board

Photo of the Year

A photo that captures the essence of cricket development in action. The photo must have been taken in the past year and relate to cricket in the country and/or region.

Photographer: Barry Chambers - Mahaboob Alam takes 10 wickets in Pepsi ICC WCL Division 5 match versus Mozambique June 2008

Best Spirit of Cricket Initiative

Relates to an initiative, activity or event that encapsulates the ‘Spirit of Cricket' and/or contributes to the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Winner: Jersey Cricket Board

Volunteer of the Year Award

Relates to volunteers who have made a significant contribution to cricket development in the previous 12 months.

Winner: Timothy Belton - Guernsey

Lifetime Service Award

Relates to individuals who have provided a minimum of 10 years service to cricket development.

Winner: Tom Finlayson MBE - Gibraltar

Further information below:

Cricket Scotland was awarded Best Overall Cricket Development Programme for its multi-faceted approach to growing the game at a community and national level. One of the key initiatives staged in 2008 included a national pilot programme to improve the way cricket is introduced to children in the primary school environment. Due to the success of the pilot programme, 18,000 children were introduced to the game by primary school teachers, an increase of 10% on 2007, with a staged roll-out now in the planning for 2009/10. Cricket Scotland's Coach Education Programme also enabled more than 100 coaches around the country to achieve a formal ECB coaching qualification, whilst the continuing development of activity centres offering weekly coaching sessions for girls, regional academy and scholarship schemes, and the TOPClub junior programme also highlighted Cricket Scotland's wide breadth of development activities.

"With such a varied programme of activities and proven results, Cricket Scotland is a worthy winner of this coveted award. What is encouraging is that each year Cricket Scotland proposes and actions new and different cricket development initiatives - an achievement which ultimately benefits the sport and its players at all levels,"said Richard Holdsworth, ICC Regional Development Manager - Europe.

Cricket Ireland was awarded Best Women's Cricket Initiative for their Leinster and Irish Women's Cricket forum. Organised by Siobhan McBennett and Catherine Goodman, the forum saw Ireland players, coaches and volunteers attend a highly interactive workshop session aimed at identifying a range of critical issues for women's cricket nationally. Key outcomes from the forum were fed in to the Cricket Ireland Irish High Performance plan 2008-2015 and have already resulted in an increase in funding towards the Women's game this year.

Winner of the Best Junior Cricket Initiative Award was the Finnish Cricket Association (FCA) for their Junior Girls UK Tour and associated cricket training camps and schools programme in Finland. The vision and enthusiasm of FCA Cricket Development Officer, Maija Scamans, in driving this project forward stood out amongst the entries this year.

The Spirit of Cricket Award was awarded to the Jersey Cricket Board for bringing the game and spirit of cricket to a group of young offenders in Jersey's prison in May 2008. Jersey also won the Best Cricket Promotion and Marketing Award for their efforts in promoting the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Divison Five Tournament held on the Island.

The Photo of the Year was taken by Barry Chambers of Ireland. A very unique entry, Barry's photo montage captures Mahaboob Alam of Nepal taking all ten wickets during the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division Five match against Mozambique in Jersey in June 2008. The montage was presented to Alam at the end of the tournament to commemorate his exceptional achievement; however Barry's ability to capture each and every wicket was also a remarkable achievement in itself - a key reason why Barry was selected as the worthy winner of this category.

Timothy Belton of Guernsey was awarded Volunteer of the Year for his services to the Guernsey Cricket Development Programme. A Chartered Surveyor by trade, Tim coaches over 100 hours during the winter programme working with players of all ages and abilities. During the summer he gives over ten hours per week and accompanies the U12/U13 squad to over 20 matches both on and off the Island whilst also running cricket sessions for his local school.

The prestigious Lifetime Service Award was awarded to Tom Finlayson MBE of Gibraltar Cricket Association (GCA). Since returning to the country in 1982 after a teaching career in the UK, Tom has been fully involved in the game at all levels. Tom not only introduced the game to and coached a generation of players but he also represented the country internationally. Throughout the years Tom has been responsible for arranging tours and also became the Secretary of the GCA, a post which he held for 18 years before becoming Chairman, an appointment he maintains to this day.

"Tom Finlayson has for many years been the ambassador for Gibraltar Cricket and for the game as a whole. His unwavering dedication to the sport can only be described as an inspiration to many. We congratulate Tom on his well deserved honour and can only assume that this award will only inspire him to devote more time and energy to the game he loves,"said Richard Holdsworth.

The Pepsi ICC Development Programme Annual Awards, which were first awarded in 2002, promote excellence in cricket development and recognise exceptional performance and service to the game in the ICC's 94 Associate and Affiliate Member countries.

Nominations were received from national bodies, clubs, associations, teams, schools and individuals thus highlighting the positive impact cricket is making on a grand scale. The European regional award winners will now be put forward for the Global Pepsi ICC Development Programme Awards to be announced on 13 March 2009.



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