CHESHIRE CRICKET BOARD RECEIVES 'INNOVATION AWARD'


CHESHIRE Cricket Board received more national acclaim for the role it continues to play in promoting disability cricket following the star-studded Chance to Shine Awards ceremony at Lord's.
Board coaches Chris Edwards and Owen Williamson (pictured right with Chris and Keith Beggs) attended a black tie presentation in the Long Room to mark the Brit Insurance Annual Achievement Awards, which recognise those involved in the delivery of Chance to Shine - one of the country's biggest school sports development initiatives.
The Cheshire Cricket Board was one of the big winners on the night as Wirral-based Development and Coaching Officer, Chris, collected the 'Innovation Award' on behalf of the Cheshire Cricket Board.
The Award recognises "creativity and innovation in using Chance to Shine to make a difference and change the lives of young people".

In April this year, Cheshire became the first county board to employ a member of the England Learning Difficulties Squad when Chris joined the staff as a professional coach, initially working on a part-time basis.
It was a move applauded by ECB Disabilities Manager Ian Martin, who described Cheshire as "blazing the trail" for people with a disability.
Since then Chris has been offered full-time employment by Cheshire, and has taken on the role of Disability Cricket Ambassador. The Board also hosted the inaugural Chance to Shine Special Schools' Festival in 2012, which was attended by more than 80 children from around the county.
After collecting the award from England Women's player Lydia Greenway, Chris was quick to pay tribute to his employers Cheshire Cricket Board and the Chance to Shine programme.
He said: "It was great to collect the award on behalf of Cheshire, because they have done so much to promote Chance to Shine and in particular disabilities cricket within the county.
"I have been to awards dinners at Lord's before, and this was another fantastic evening. Chance to Shine really put on a good show.
"Charles Colville was the speaker, and the likes of Matt Prior, Alec Stewart and Charlotte Edwards were all there to present various awards.
"Before I went up on stage they played a clip of an interview of Owen and myself taken during a recent disability awareness session on the Wirral." Chris added: "It was brilliant to be nominated and I am extremely proud to work for the Board and to support this excellent project."

Cheshire Cricket Board Director of Cricket Richard Newton was thrilled to hear of the Board's success, and reserved special praise for the work Chris has done since joining the county staff.
He said: "I think it's fantastic that Cheshire have been recognised by Chance to Shine for all our efforts in promoting disability cricket.
"It is vital that all children have the opportunity to participate in school sport through organised competition, whether in the mainstream or the special educational needs sector.
"In Chris we have an inspirational coach who is a fantastic role model for young people. It was great that his efforts were recognised at the Brit Insurance Awards.
"We have always been extremely proud to be associated with the Chance to Shine programme and our dedicated team of Development and Coaching Officers have already begun delivery for the new academic year.
"It is our aim to provide as many platforms as possible for children to participate in the sport, and Chance to Shine certainly helps us to accomplish this goal."

Chris was also nominated in the "Special Recognition" category for his individual efforts on the Chance to Shine programme on the Wirral, finishing runner-up to worthy winner Paul Gash, from Oak Tree School in Nottinghamshire.

Five days later Lord's rolled out the red carpet for Cheshire cricket again, as Chris attended the ECB's 10th Natwest OSCAs (Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards) alongside several other nominees from the county.
Accompanied by Cheshire Disabled Team Manager Keith Beggs, Chris was a runner-up in the Young Volunteer of the Year category for the work he did promoting disability cricket before his employment with the Board.
And though Cheshire did not have a national winner in 2012, the Board would like to place on record its gratitude to the other nominees, who were:
Lifetime Achiever - Ian Buttress; Leagues & Boards - Stuart Anderson; Building Partnerships - Jane Williams; Behind the Scenes - Amanda & Bernie Bishop; Officials - Tony Morris.
BBC Radio Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew hosted the Awards Ceremony, which was attended by former England captains Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan, and current Women's skipper Charlotte Edwards.
For a listing of all Cheshire OSCA Nominees since 2003 CLICK HERE

To read the Chance to Shine Awards press release CLICK HERE
For more news on the 2012 ECB OSCAs CLICK HERE