Cookson & Cutt awarded MCC Spirit of Cricket Award
LCB Cricket Development Coaches Mark Cookson (South Ribble) & James Cutt (West Lancashire) were announced as winners of the MCC Spirit of Cricket Award at the Chance to Shine Brit Insurance Annual Achievement Awards.
South Ribble & West Lancashire Coaches have been recognised nationally for their work on the Chance to Shine supported by Brit Insurance campaign. Coaches Mark Cookson and James Cutt collected the MCC Spirit of Cricket Award at (3 November) Brit Insurance Annual Achievement Awards, held at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The award, sponsored by Cricket Foundation partner MCC Spirit of Cricket, recognises individuals or groups who have promoted the MCC Spirit of Cricket message to a high standard as part of Chance to Shine school sessions.
Chance to Shine is the Cricket Foundation’s charitable campaign to educate two million state school children through cricket by 2015. The campaign is now running in 4,000 schools and nearly 1.5million children have enjoyed cricketing opportunities as a result.
The coaches have inspired youngsters in South Ribble and West Lancashire with their enthusiasm for the game. They took an innovative approach to delivering the Spirit of Cricket message, bringing the Lancashire mascot, Lanky the Giraffe, to accompany the coaches to school and making it a fun and enjoyable experience for the kids.
Mark and James were presented with the award by England star Chris Tremlett at the star-studded Lord’s event attended by the Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King, England captains Andrew Strauss and Charlotte Edwards along with Jade Dernbach.
Wasim Khan, Chief Executive of the Cricket Foundation, the charity behind Chance to Shine said: “The Brit Insurance Annual Achievement Awards are our opportunity to recognise and say thank you to all the people who work extremely hard on the Chance to Shine campaign in schools and clubs throughout the country.”
Mark Cookson commented: "It's an honour to be recognised by Chance to Shine for the work James and I have done in promoting the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ around the schools in our areas. The feedback I have received from all the schools about the programme has been excellent and I believe that this has gone a long way in introducing kids to cricket, who may not have taken part otherwise."
James Cutt added: "I’m delighted to have won this award and wish to credit the LCB staff in Merseyside & South West Lancashire along with the clubs and volunteers in West Lancashire who helped to deliver our Chance to Shine Programme. This is the second year in a row that West Lancashire has been recognised at these awards, following the success of our girls programme in 2010, an incredible achievement and hopefully highlights how committed the area is the developing cricket.”