Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards
Wiltshire Cricket's Outstanding Services to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) look to recognise the unsung heroes of cricket in Wiltshire. These could be people who have been around at a Cricket Club for many years or people who are new to a club or role and have made a significant difference in a short space of time.
The Wiltshire OSCAs run on an annual basis in September in conjunction with the County Age Group Youth Cricket Awards.
There are 7 categories of OSCA (listed below) and on annual basis Wiltshire Cricket looks for as many nominations as possible across each of these categories. On the actual awards evening itself, there are three shortlisted nominees who each receive a certificate and then the winner of each category receives a trophy and an invitation to attend the national Natwest OSCAs at Lords in October.
The OSCAs are a huge opportunity for all club members to say a huge thank you to those people that their club simply would not function without.
For more information on the OSCAs or on how to nominate a volunteer from your club or organisation please contact Pete Sykes.
Wiltshire 2012 OSCAs
The 2012 Wiltshire OSCAs took place on Friday 14th September at the Ceres Hall, Devizes, 7.30pm start. The evening was a very special celebration of the achievements of many volunteers across the following categories:
Behind the Scenes
This award is for someone your Club couldn’t do without. Someone who in an understated way is willing to try their hand at anything to get the job done.
2012 Winner - Jon Haines
This award is looking for a volunteer aged between 16-25 years old who has made a positive effect/impact on their Club/Group/Organisation, and other members.
2012 Winner - Neil Clark
This award is looking for an official who has visibly increased the quantity of officials in their County and therefore help the sustainability of cricket in England and Wales.
2012 Winner - Michael Cornwell
An individual who has galvanised members in the club to support NWCF, gained support from local and national business, as well as linking with the local community in the recruitment of volunteers for club.
2012 Winner - Paul Dewsbury
This individual will have made an outstanding difference to their cricket club, league, board or local cricket community over a number of years.
2012 Winner - Ian Wheeler
Leagues and Boards
This award is aimed at dedication and results in the quality and quantity of participation in all areas of cricket. This can be an individual or a group.
2012 Winner - George Clift
This award is looking for an individual or organisation who have created sustainable partnerships with schools, voluntary organisations, other sports and/or the local community.
2012 Winner - Graham Gaiger
The date for the 2013 OSCAs evening in Wiltshire is yet to be confirmed. Please check back here regularly for when this date is confirmed.
How to nominate somebody for the OSCAs
It’s fair to say that cricket could not survive without its huge army of unsung heroes.
Volunteering, just to be clear, includes everyone who gives their time in some way to help the game.
It includes small gestures, like making teas at a fixture, web site design and upkeep of information, groundsmanship to more fundamental contributions of course, such as coaching kids’ teams, which may of course include the stars of the future.
It’s no exaggeration to say that big stars like Andrew Strauss and Jimmy Anderson simply wouldn’t be where they are today without the hard work of volunteers.
Details of how to nominate for the 2013 OSCAs will be released in the Spring of 2013 with the awards evening taking place in September 2013.