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Jersey wins Global Pepsi ICC Development Programme Award for 2008

Thu, Apr 2, 2009 10:52 AM


The Channel Island of Jersey picked up the Best Spirit of Cricket Initiative in Partnership with UNAIDS and UNICEF. The Jersey Cricket Board formed a partnership with Her Majesty's Prison La Moye to coach young offenders, aged between 16 and 20 years old, over a period of eight cricket coaching clinics.

Malaysia's Tunku Imran and Uganda's Samawiri Walusimbi takes Lifetime Service Award as Uganda also scoops Best Women's Cricket Initiative

Prince Tunku Tan Sri Imran of Malaysia and Uganda's Samawiri Walusimbi were this year's recipients of the Pepsi ICC Development Programme Lifetime Service awards while Japan's cricket development programme took the top prize of Best Overall Cricket Development Programme at this year's awards.

Uganda's contribution to cricket was also recognised by the country's cricket association picking up the Best Women's Cricket Initiative award this year.

Other winners this year include Mozambique for the Best Promotion and Marketing Programme. The country's efforts to promote cricket across a variety of media platforms earned the Affiliate this prestigious award.

Patricio Caamano of Chile won the Volunteer of the Year award for his outstanding contribution to the game in the South American country whilst the Photo of the Year Award came from Argentina. The winning photo features the camaraderie of two young Argentine boys during a game of cricket in the South American Associate.

This year's winners of the Best Junior Cricket Initiative were Indonesia with their under-15 Development Programme.

This year's awards produced a high standard of nominations, with each of the ICC's five regions providing nominees from its regional winners who were then judged for the global awards.

This year's judging panel featured current ICC President David Morgan, alongside former ICC presidents Ehsan Mani, Malcolm Gray and Ray Mali.

ICC Global Development Manager Matthew Kennedy said of the awards recipients this year: "It is wonderful to see so many of our Associates and Affiliates being recognised for all the hard work and effort they put into their cricket programmes.

"Everyone who has won and those who were not successful this time round should be congratulated for their continuing effort and dedication to improving cricket in their nation."

The winners:

Best Overall Cricket Development Programme -Japan Cricket Association

Best Women's Cricket Initiative -Uganda Cricket Association

Best Junior Cricket Initiative -Indonesia -U/15 Development Programme

Best Cricket Promotion and Marketing Programme -Mozambique Cricket Association

Best Spirit of Cricket Initiative in Partnership with UNAIDS and UNICEF -Jersey Cricket Association in conjuction with HMP La Moye

Photo of the Year - Argentina Cricket Association

Volunteer of the Year -Patricio Caamano (Chile)

Lifetime Service Award - Samwiri Walusimbi (Uganda) and HRH Tunku Tan Sri Imran (Malaysia)

Prizes -the national cricket bodies of all global winners receive a US$2,000 cricket equipment grant.

Further details can be found on the website at www.icc-cricket.com/development.



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