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Brother & Sister Joint Winners at the OSCAs

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Andrew Kershaw & his sister Rachael were chosen as joint winners of the “Young Volunteer of the Year 2011”.

At the LCB OSCAs (Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards) held on Friday 15th July 2011 at the County Ground, Old Trafford, Manchester, Andrew Kershaw & his sister Rachael were chosen as joint winners of the “Young Volunteer of the Year 2011” for their services to Newburgh Cricket Club and in particular Junior Cricket. This was a proud moment for their parents John & Jayne Kershaw.

Andrew & Rachael joined Newburgh some 7 years ago whilst still pupils at St Anne’s RC Primary & St Bede’s RC School both in Ormskirk when the then junior section of the club totaled no more than 10 players. Today the club can boast that it currently has 42 junior players (with plenty of room for expansion) playing in four age groups: U11s, U13s, U15s & U18s in the Southport & District Amateur Cricket League. 2011 is the first season when the club has managed this, which is directly as a result of being able to offer junior players of both genders the opportunity to play cricket.

Both Andrew & Rachael currently run junior coaching sessions on Saturday mornings between 10:15am & 12:30pm before turning out in the afternoon for Newburgh CC 2nd XI.

During the winter months between January & March they put the juniors and indeed seniors through their paces at indoor training & nets, last year at Glenburn Sports College, but from winter 2012 at the newly build indoor facility at St Bede’s in Ormskirk.

During the cricket season between April & July they have also provided cricket coaching to local schools via the club’s “Club School Agreements” free of charge.

Andrew (21) qualified as the clubs first cricket coach in April 2009 and Rachael (18) qualified as recently as July 2011, both now hold ECB Coach UKCC2 qualifications. It must be said that Andrew was instrumental in enabling Newburgh in achieving ECB Clubmark Accreditation in July 2009 as without a Level 2 qualified cricket coach the process of receiving accreditation would not have been possible.

The club, who currently has three Level 2 coaches, actively encourages players aged 18 and over to become qualified. The club also supports two senior sides on a Saturday that play in the Southport & District Amateur Cricket League and two sides on a Sunday that play in the Arriva West Lancashire League.

If you, your son or daughter, living in the Newburgh area, wishes to take part in cricket then please contact Andrew via the clubs web sites of either, http://newburgh.play-cricket.com/ or www.newburghcc.co.uk.


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