Frenchay Cricket Club received national recognition as they were named Coaching Club of the Year at the 2019 ECB Coach Awards.
Having been short-listed for the award representatives from the club were invited to attend a black tie dinner at Ashbridge House in Hertfordshire along with club coaches from all over the country. Also in attendance were England Director of Cricket Ashley Giles, former Chairman of selectors David Graveney and other past and present England coaches.
Youth Chairman Matt Hunkin says “We cater for over 200 boys and girls at Frenchay along with other members of our community including our disability squad The Frenchay Falcons. To receive a national award for our coaching set-up is a reflection of the tremendous effort put in by the many volunteers who contribute in so many different ways.”
Frenchay have placed particular emphasis on how they support volunteers to become qualified coaches through coach education. Over the last 4 years 13 coaches from the club have achieved ECB Level 2 coaching qualifications, which they put down to a lot of hard work and invaluable support from South Gloucestershire Council and the Gloucestershire Cricket Board.
“To see our ground full of happy young cricketers on a Friday evening suggests that we are doing something right” continues Matt. “And with 23 junior members playing senior cricket last season and the same number representing Gloucestershire at various age-groups the future of the club looks bright.”
The Gloucestershire Cricket Board would like to congratulate Frenchay CC and the many volunteers who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to develop the coaching set-up we see today. The award is fitting recognition of the clubs hard work and is truly deserved.