On Sunday 17th September 2023 we welcomed over seventy nominees to the 2023 Grassroots Awards Ceremony held at the spectacular Wormsley Estate.
The grassroots awards are an important part of the annual awards and finals day in which we come together to reward, recognise and celebrate the year’s success, and the tremendous amount of time and effort that volunteers throughout the county dedicated to growing and supporting the game in Oxfordshire.
This year we have seen a high number of nominations with over 70 people nominated from across Oxfordshire. It has been fantastic to read all the nominations and hear about the excellent work that goes into clubs and communities in the county.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of community sport. Without you, cricket and sport would not be what it is, so thank you for the countless amount of time, effort and dedication that you give to the sport that we love.
Connecting Communities/Engagement – A Club or community organisation which has gone above and beyond the call of cricket to support communities/groups coming back to the game we love.
Inspired to play – An Individual or group within your club or community organisation going above and beyond to open the game up to new audiences.
Joe Bennett and Steventon CC Committee
Rising Star Award – Young volunteer making a difference – 11 – 16-year-olds
Game changer – Young volunteer 17 – 25-year-olds making a difference in the game.
Growing the game – A league volunteer, committee member, or administrator going above and beyond to support clubs and help increase the number of games played.
Cricket innovators – Someone who has brought new ideas and/or implemented new systems to improve your club or community group.
Safe Hands – An individual that has gone above and beyond to create a positive and inclusive environment for young people to enjoy the game
All Stars Cricket and/or Dynamos Cricket Activator of the Year – An activator who has shown enthusiasm, has been innovative and organised at their All Stars and/or Dynamos Cricket sessions this summer.
Tackling Climate Change – A Club or community organisation that is addressing the threat climate change poses to cricket, by making sustainable changes to operations, adapting their facilities and/or engaging their local community.
Banbury Cricket Club
Arthur Ward and Jack Owen and team
Volunteer Grounds Management Team of the Year – An opportunity to reward and recognise those volunteers who are working hard and improving the places where the game is played
Unsung hero – Those heroes who impact our game and help us make cricket happen. This could be ground staff, coaches, officials, umpires, or other volunteers.
Philip Taffy Royal
Lifetime achiever – That one individual who has given many years of service to your club or community group you could not do without.