NatWest OSCA's 2019
The Outstanding Services to Cricket awards is always a programme that we at the GCB really look forward to each year. It is the ideal opportunity for cricket volunteers to be recognised and rewarded for the dedication they show across our game. Without these people, cricket would not be the huge success it is and matches simply would not get played.
In Gloucestershire, we invited the 35 OSCA nominees to the Gloucestershire Vs Kent Vitality Blast T20 on Wednesday, August 7th as a way of saying thank you. We had a fantastic turn out with people coming from all corners of the county to attend.
Chris Gardener (Hawkesbury CC) Heartbeat of the Club
Chris became chairman of Hawkesbury CC in 2015, the club self admittedly was in gentle decline with a dwindling adult membership fielding one Saturday league and a veteran’s side.
Under Chris’ guidance HCC now thrives, fielding two Saturday, T20 Sunday league and midweek cup sides and a lady’s team. The adult membership is now over 40 with an additional 60 social members. The youth section has also grown with 100 children attending All Stars and youth training.
The ground has won accolades as one of the best in Gloucestershire and is hosting two county U-19 matches this summer. Additionally, the clubhouse facilities have much improved resulting in many more villagers coming to watch cricket on match days and transforming the club’s finances.
This has been made possible by Chris’ vision and commitment. He can be seen most days throughout summer and many during winter, there is no job he won’t do, from sweeping the floor, to running the bar, applying for grants and sponsorship, emptying the bins, to working on the ground, to chairing monthly committee meetings.The club has no doubt that Chris’ hard work has turned HCC into the thriving club it now is, cementing its place in the heart of the village for future generations. The fact that Chris is only 34 years of age is quite staggering so we hope he will continue for many years to come.
Tony Newcombe (Andoversford CC) Lifetime Achiever
Tony has been with Andoversford CC for over 50 years where he has held multiple roles within the club. From player, captain, treasurer through to secretary. The secretary role he held up until the beginning of this season where to took a back step and became just a committee member…. Or so the club thought.
He has continued to remain heavily involved and has helped set up our first year of All Stars Cricket, provide support to all of the youth coaches and all others involved. He still supports by transporting youth players to under 13s matches plus offering valuable advice to all junior players for both training and matches.
Tony has been continually involved in the club’s growth and development across generations of cricketers at the club. He was instrumental planning the new changing rooms with the lottery grant, he also ensured the clubs brought in the funding to receive new mobile roll on covers through the ECB Small Grant Scheme.
Without Tony’s input and drive the club would not be in the position it is today.
Kieran Slade (Winterbourne CC)- Young Volunteer 14 to 18
Kieran is a breath of fresh air for our club and instills our values down to a tee. Kieran and his family have been very important in the clubs success over the last 10 years. Most young people his age will be play their cricket and not really understand what running a cricket club really involves. Kieran has been an integral part of the ground staff now for a couple of seasons and has been a real credit to the club.
We pride ourselves on having excellent facilities and we are lucky to have a small army of volunteers that do a great deal of work on the ground. Kieran has been brilliant with the hours and hours of voluntary hours he has dedicated to the club.
Matthew Dicks (Hatherley & Reddings CC) - Young Volunteer 19 to 25
Matt joined the Club as an Under 9 player and has played at all age groups from Under 11 to U19, and is now a 3rd XI player. Matt is the embodiment of someone who has their club at the heart of everything that they do!
Over the last 4 years, Matt has been an absolute rock in the foundations of the youth set up. Matt has always helped out with the younger age group, it was an easy decision to put Matt into his Level 2 course, which he undertook with dedication and enthusiasm. Matt has always been the person to call on for literally anything, from 13 weeks of winter coaching for the Under 13s & Under 15s unfaltering in his attendance every single week, catching the bus with bags of cricket equipment to make sure that he was always there and always coordinating. Throughout the summer with the dedication expected he has co-ordinated and planned the Under 9s coaching of 50 children, helping and encouraging parental helpers also; when that coaching finishes he helps coach the Under 13s. During 3 hours on a Friday night, without ever complaining or asking for anything in return he coaches up to 90 children.
Matt never avoids responsibility, he constantly and diligently offers his help without question or reward!
Stephen Findlay Wilson (Langford CC) - Inspiring & Diverse Offer
Five years ago, Stephen started to coach a Ladies team that knew nothing about cricket. Many were mums / supporters of the successful Langford First team/ Youth teams.
Stephen never gave up. They entered the Cotswold District Cricket Association Ladies competition and lost every game. Rather than having an adverse effect, which can happen typically with Men/Boys, the Ladies were more determined than ever to succeed.
Since then Stephen has ran Winter Nets to get the Ladies more ready.
He runs a training session at least weekly but if they have a game twice per week to ready the Ladies for the game ahead.
He speaks to them weekly on a WhatsApp group either motivating them to do their best or potentially to provide individual focus for that week.
This season the Ladies are sitting second in the league to the longer established Charlton Queens, confidence is high but more than anything, thanks to Stephen the Ladies have become a very strong part of the Langford CC community. He has been incredible!
Jeanette Tate (SDCA) - Pro Active Leadership
Jeanette has been secretary of the Stroud and District Cricket Association for 5 years now. She supports and drives cricket throughout the district for both the senior and junior games. Jeanette has a fair and measured attitude to cricket and has an unending ability to know the rules and what’s going on, not to mention how Play Cricket works!!
She’s endlessly supportive towards other clubs, providing guidance with excellent communication skills and a clear head for organisation, discipline and the SDCA would not run without her.
Jeanette collaborated with Frampton CC and Frocester CC to form a joint girls section in 2014 so that both clubs could get girls playing cricket and have a better opportunity of playing in leagues and competitions. This has subsequently led to both clubs carrying on with their own women’s and girls’ sections which she continues to support.
She is extremely proactive in liaising with the Gloucestershire Cricket Board and creating Chance to Shine projects so that the development of cricket taught in school through Chance to Shine is further developed within local cricket clubs. She actively keeps abreast of new strategies, changes to rules and regulations and continues to provide support and mentoring wherever it is needed and sees the greater picture when it comes to getting children to play and enjoy playing cricket.
Additionally, Jeanette is the only person who is a member of all 3 of the GCB Development Groups:
- The Women and Girls Development Group
- The Youth League and Performance Development Group
- The Senior Clubs and Competitions Development Groups.
And, of course, she makes a positive, measured contribution in each of these widely differing, but equally important, spheres of cricket.