ICC Europe are delighted to announce the ICC Europe Coach Awards have been awarded to Jersey's Lee Meloy for the Coach of the Year, while Gibraltar's Lizzie Ferrary has been awarded the Junior Coach of the Year, as a record number of nominations were received.
With over 4,000 qualified and active voluntary coaches supporting players in Europe, this year's awards were the most successful to date and were looking for coaching heroes who fulfilled a number of criteria, such as engaging new participants into cricket and working with and developing junior players.
Commenting on the achievement, Meloy said, "I am honoured and delighted to have won this award. I'm very grateful for all the support I have had from the Jersey Cricket Board for assisting me with gaining coaching qualifications and providing opportunities to coach at all levels thus gaining valuable experience. I'm looking forward to 2015 which promises to be another exciting year for Jersey cricket."
Neil MacRae further added that, "Lee has demonstrated his strong commitment to Jersey Cricket in 2014, working throughout our pathway from grassroots cricket on the Island, being Head Coach of our U15 side and forming part of our coaching team supporting our U17 and Senior sides. This award reflects Lee's work ethic and coaching skill during the year."
Ferrary was delighted with the Junior Coach of the Year award stating that, "Cricket has been and remains a big part of my life. I have had countless opportunities which have helped me develop as a coach, player and person. Gibraltar Cricket gave me an amazing opportunity this year and for that I am extremely grateful.
"Having had the chance to coach a countless number of juniors in our schools and assisting other development programmes it has been extremely rewarding and encouraging; witnessing first-hand the improvement and development in both their game and social skills, are emotions I cannot describe. This is an award in itself, providing me with no end of personal satisfaction. I would like to thank Ross Brooks, Mark Bacarese and the rest of Gibraltar Cricket for nominating me and for the support."
Mark Bacarese added that, "Lizzie has come right through the ranks and has been an integral part of the women's cricket development program. To see her obtain this award for her outstanding effort over this last year is amazing. I am left with no doubts that the decision was a tough one for ICC Europe as there are many outstanding candidates throughout Europe so this makes this award for Lizzie all that more special. We are extremely proud of what she has achieved with us here and I am very sure that this is only the beginning."
ICC Europe had a record number of nominations and it was a very tough choice, ICC Regional Development Officer, Chris Porter explains, "2014 has seen a significant increase in coach award nominations from countries. It is great to see that members in Europe are keen to promote coaches and highlight the essential work that they do. There is no doubt that coaches play a key role in supporting the growth and development of cricket.
"Coaching in Europe is still fairly new and over the years we have developed good partnerships with key organisations such as the England and Wales Cricket Board to deliver a quality education programme. We are looking forward to supporting members in Europe to develop their coaching pathway to help enhance their participation programmes for the future. I would like to thank all coaches who have been nominated for 2014; you play an important role in supporting the next generation of cricketers," said Porter.
ICC Europe would like to give special recognition to all who were put forward. For a full list of nominations, please click here
Finally, ICC Europe wishes to congratulate all coaches on the tireless work they put in across the region as we look forward to even more future success.