ECB Coach Awards 2022
Young Coach of the Year (16 – 25 years) - Adam Brown – Caldy CC
Adam has been instrumental in developing the newly formed a women’s cricket section at Caldy CC. As head coach he has brought together 45 participants largely made of hockey, rugby players and cricketing mums. Very few of the section had played cricket previously but certainly came with loads of enthusiasm and zeal to try a new sport. Adam coached the section every Thursday evening throughout the season and accompanied the ladies’ teams to tournaments where he coached, scored, and umpired on our behalf. The section has become a fabulous extended family of enthusiastic cricket players who will be desperate to resume cricket next season and are already discussing winter nets and hardball cricket.
Adam also coaches the Under 11 section at the club as well as the All Stars section every Friday night during the season.
Caldy’s Tara Denn said “he is a great example of a young, dedicated cricket coach who deserves to be recognised for all his efforts and commitment to cricket development”.
Coach of the Year – Jackie Faulkner (Oakmere CC)
Jackie dedicates many hours each week coaching and developing Oakmere’s Women & girls section. She makes every session fun so that all involved keep coming back week after week. In the last twelve months she has been non-stop, taking teams to indoor tournaments, outdoor matches, festivals, league and cup games. This is on top of her own game where she plays for Oakmere Women’s 1st XI. Oakmere’s Jenni Lowe said – “We are all so grateful for the thought, time and energy she dedicates to us and would love there to be wider acknowledgement of the impact she has”
Outstanding Contribution – Services to Coaching - Duncan Armstrong (Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge CC)
Duncan has transformed the junior section at Ladybridge CC since he took over 5 years ago. He’s recruited a number of passionate volunteers championing their training and development. Due to his efforts Ladybridge junior numbers have thrived to 80+ and the U11 team won the Cheshire High Peak League this season. Duncan has also been instrumental in setting up a women’s section with upwards of 30 participants enjoying training and playing matches. As if all this wasn’t enough, he also devotes many hours a week to maintaining our pitch and ensuring the playing and social facilities are maintained to a high standard.
In short, Duncan has created a feel good factor around our club – we are now an inclusive club with thriving junior and ladies sections.
Outstanding Contribution – Services to Coach Development - Trevor Bailey (Stockport Georgians)
Trevor is the heartbeat of Stockport Georgians CC and has been involved in running the committee and organising many facets of the club for a number of years. Not only has he coached several teams as his children were going through the system, he has still found time to go back to the start of the journey and coach U9, U11, U13, U15 – wherever needed, even without his children involved and he has done this several times over. He has done this for both boys and girls teams.
He also helps run games, umpire, prepare pitches on top of the significant volunteer workload of being a committee member and a club chairman. He commits huge hours every week to the club off the field and even more time to it as a coach and running games almost every night of the week.
On top of all that, he always makes time for new coaches to help them with their technical cricket knowledge and how to get that across to children of various ages. Including core batting technique, improving bowling action etc.