Three Gloucestershire coaches have been recognised for their contribution to cricket through the ECB Coach Awards.
York Senior (Dymock) has been named as Coach of the Year, with Ross Tominey (Kingsholm) receiving the Young Coach award.
Luke Sellers (Cheltenham) has been chosen as the winner in the “Outstanding Contribution” category.
All three will be treated to a day at an international match this summer as a guest of the ECB.
Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB)chief executive Steve Silk said: “The ECB Coach Awards is a great way for the cricket community to recognise the coaches who have made a significant contribution to the grass roots game.
“We received nominations from across the county highlighting the work of a lot of good people and the three that have been chosen are worthy winners.”
Coach of the Year York Senior has been a driving force in helping Dymock set-up and grow a strong junior section that now numbers more than 80 children.
Having started from scratch, the club now run boys’ under 11, under 13 teams and under 15 as well as providing opportunities for girls. They also encourage the participation of junior players in senior cricket.
Parent Tony Barratt, who nominated York said:
“It appears as though the whole village turns out for training.
“York is never critical. He has bags of enthusiasm and is nearly always at the club supporting helping and developing our youngsters.”
At just 20 Ross Tominey has made a major impact at Kingshom CC on both the youth and senior squads.
Ross took over as the junior coaching coordinator from the beginning of 2015 and oversaw an upturn in fortunes that saw the club go from a 20% win ratio in 2014 to around 80% last year.
Kingsholm CC’s Nick Fernandez said: “The impact Ross has had has been is very substantial. He has totally reorganised the coaching sessions, bringing in new methods and has organised the junior committee all the way through from admin to managers and coaches. He has also involved the parents.
“All in all he is very hard working, very knowledgeable and is always prepared to learn.”
Due to his success with the juniors Ross has now been named senior club coach for the 2016 season.
In addition to his club commitments Ross has coached in schools as part of the GCB’s Chance to Shine project and coached at district level.
At the age of 32, Luke Sellers has been involved in coaching in Gloucestershire for around 14 years in a wide range of roles.
During that time he has worked in schools and clubs and with district and county teams.
He is also involved in coach education and coach mentoring and has enjoyed success as a coach at Lechlade CC.
Luke – who recently joined Cheltenham CC – has led three projects to Africa with cricket development and HIV/AIDS charity Cricket Without Boundaries and has helped them develop their coaching and tutoring programme.
He was nominated by the GCB, for whom he works as a communications officer.
Steve Silk said:
“Luke boasts a coaching CV which many would be proud of in a lifetime.
“A thorough, player centred, coach he has the ability to enthuse and support players of all ages.