Last Updated: 18 Oct 2019 3:22pm
Eight young cricketers from Tonbridge and Malling received a warm welcome at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Sunday 13th October as they attended a special presentation to receive a ‘Young Leaders in Cricket Award’.
The event included a guided tour of Lord’s Cricket Ground after all the Young Cricket Leaders from across the South East, 200 in total, had been presented with their awards by several guest speakers.
Nick Pryde, Head of National Programmes for the ECB spoke about how the Young Leaders in Cricket course is proving to be a valuable tool in keeping young people in the sport, in terms of playing, coaching and officiating.
The Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Councillor Jill Anderson attended. Paul Daniels, who was instrumental in setting up the young cricket leaders award 10 years ago, was also there as Master of Ceremonies and spoke to Middlesex player, Max Hardy and Casper Viljoen, First Class Umpire, about how sport has enriched their lives and helped them in their current careers in national and county umpiring and high level competitive sport.
The raffle prize at the event was a cricket bat, signed by the whole Kent Cricket squad, which was donated by the lucky winner, Beverley Emmerson, to the Mayor to auction for the Mayor’s charity, CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young).
The Young Leaders in Cricket Programme is open to people aged between 14 and 16. It offers a complete training programme to include a Young Leaders Cricket Coaching Award; an introduction to umpiring and scoring; a course in groundsmanship; and training in basic First Aid awareness.
The aim of the programme is to give candidates the skills and qualifications needed for improved leadership, a better understanding of coaching, as well as the opportunity to do 20 hours of volunteering to cricket within a school, club or community in order to help develop cricketing opportunities within the local area.
Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Jill Anderson, says: “I thoroughly enjoyed my day at Lord’s Cricket Ground. It was a pleasure to meet all the young cricketers who have received an award this year, congratulations to them all! I’m sure they will go on to inspire other young people to take up cricket, not only in the sport itself but in coaching and the organisational side of things – there are many opportunities available.”
There will be another Young Leaders in Cricket Programme in 2020, for more information on how to take part, please contact the Council’s Leisure Services team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01732 876166.