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ECB SKY SPORTS AWARD 2011
third England – India test match at Edgbaston saw the presentation
of the ECB Sky Sports Coach Awards 2011. The awards are a way of saying thank
you to people who have made a significant contribution to the support and
development of coaches and coaching in cricket.
He has also played a major role in ensuring
that the club’s facilities are state-of-the-art by successful applications
for funding of £160,000 that has given the club practice facilities
which are arguably the best in Ireland, a new square, outfield and drainage.
In an administrative sense, Andy has been integral on Templepatrick CC’s
journey on the club’s Cricket Ireland Club Accreditation Scheme, ensuring
that structures are in place for long term development.
Continuing the coaching thread, Andy is also master-in-charge of cricket at his school, Campbell College in Belfast, one of the most prominent cricketing schools in Northern Ireland. Andy continues to drive standards up with his detailed work with the players in the school aged 7 to 18. Through schools cricket, Andy is an active member of the Ulster Schools Cricket Committee. This body is tasked with the running of all schools competitions across Northern Ireland and developing the game through the schools’ system.
Andy is also Cricket Ireland’s Lead Coach Education Tutor and Assessor for the last five years, and has a drive to produce coaches of the highest calibre that will continue to raise standards in local clubs with the players of the future. He is extremely well respected in this role, and is also qualified as a Field-Based Trainer and Interval Verifier for Cricket Ireland’s Coach Education system. It is undoubted that his deep well of experience as a tutor, his love of the game and his professional background stand him apart from many others in Ireland as the main driver of coach tutoring and assessing.
There can be no doubt that Andy’s contribution and service to cricket coaching and the game in general is absolutely outstanding and of real significance to cricket in Ireland. He continues to work at many levels; schools, club and player development, high performance coaching and coach education. He has created systems that have only improved since his inclusion and is creating a legacy that will continue for many years to come. So much of cricket in Ireland, and in the North in particular, has been touched by Andy’s skill that he is an obvious candidate for this award.
On receiving his award, Andy commented “I am absolutely delighted with
this honour. Thank you very much to the ECB CA, Sky Sports and ICC Europe
for considering me and to Cricket Ireland for nominating me. The presentation
day was superb and great to meet other coaches, some of which have contributed
forty plus years to this great game and share their experiences. Coaches
always need to be looking to enhance their skills and knowledge and being
a member of the ECB CA has certainly provided me with resources, tools and
learning experiences that I have hopefully been able to utilise to the benefit
of players and hopefully aided other coaches in their development. The new
Howzat! package is an ideal example of how the ECB CA are at the forefront
of coaching resources and offering a quality service to their members. When
I started on my coaching journey 17 years ago, enjoyment and helping players
improve were the most important things to me. Those are still key indicators
for me and hopefully they will continue to be so, as I look forward to more
years of developing, hopefully my own skills and assisting others if I can.”
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