NatWest OSCAs: Previous winner Paul urges nominations

The closing date for nominations for this year’s NatWest OSCAs is Friday August 18.

The awards are a great way to recognise and thank the volunteers who work tirelessly for their respective club, league or board.

From coaches to committee members, officials to administrators we want you to let us know about the people who go the extra mile for grass roots cricket in Gloucestershire by filling in the nomination form below and sending it to luke.sellers@glosccc.co.uk

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To see the effect an OSCA can have on an individual please read the account from Hanham CC’s Paul Buckland…

I got back involved in Cricket about 10 years ago when my eldest son joined a local club. After a year I was on the coaching pathway taking my level 1 and then level 2. Then came a meeting with Steve Silk (GCB chief executive). We began by discussing a role collating scores for one of the leagues and finished the meeting with me agreeing to become a district coach.

It was along this path I discovered the ECB Coaches Association and all the great work it was doing. I found a whole new world of friends with a passion for cricket and coaching and most of them watching their sons/daughters also play the game we all love. A role came up later as secretary of the Gloucestershire Coaches Association which I still hold now. I believe it was this work with the CA that got me nominated for an OSCA.

Before I knew it I was on a train to Lord’s for a fantastic day out which for me was the first visit to the Home of Cricket (although I was later lucky enough to witness Gloucestershire’s 2015 Royal London Cup victory). Our day started with a tour of Lord’s with some special memories created especially entering the famous home dressing rooms and being able to sit on the balcony as so many famous cricketers had sat. Our guide was full of great stories and the tour was followed by a fantastic lunch and listening to great discussions and stories from the likes of Charlotte Edwards, Steven Finn, Graeme Swann and Eoin Morgan.

It was a very special day for me and gave me some special memories and made me feel very proud to be a very small part of the Gloucestershire family. My day didn’t end on the train on the way home though as part of my award was another special day  – this time at the County Ground.  Along with the other Glos OSCA winners we were invited to watch a game as guests of the GCB. We had a fantastic view from the pavilion and sat alongside the club chairman during a very special lunch where we joined by players like Liam Norwell who allowed us to pick his brains on all things cricket.

I would encourage you all to nominate a deserving person from your club, league, board or organisation for a NatWest OSCA . We all know grass roots cricket could not survive without these hardworking volunteers. Above all it is a chance to say thank you and give them a special day full of memories. - Paul Buckland