Oxfordshire Cricket is pleased to launch this year’s 2023 Grassroots Cricket Awards, which seeks to reward and recognise volunteers across Oxfordshire who have made a difference to their club or community group. After last year’s success at holding the awards at Wormsley, this year we will again hold a large portion of the awards at the Finals Day and Pathway Awards. There will also be a range of additional events that we will look to reward and recognise volunteers.
There are eleven award categories that will allow us to recognise and reward those in Oxfordshire that have made an outstanding contribution to cricket this year, be it a young volunteer who has gone over and above or a club that has excelled in opening up the game to a brand new audience this summer. The deadline for all nominations is Friday the 21st of July 2023. Last year after rewarding and recognising over 112 volunteers across Oxfordshire, this year we would like to go beyond that to reward and recognise those that help make a difference.
The categories are as follows:
- Connecting Communities – A Club or community organisation that 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lifetime achiever – That one individual who has given many years of service to your club or community group you could not do without.
- 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
- Inclusivity champion award – Reward and recognise clubs that create an inclusive environment and go well beyond the norm to make cricket a game for all
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
How Can You Nominate Someone?
You can nominate someone by clicking here to complete an online form to nominate someone. The deadline for all nominations is Friday the 21st of July 2023, with the county winners being put forward for the national awards.
Where will the awards take place?
The awards will take place on Sunday the 17th of September 2023 at the magnificent Wormsley Estate as part of our Awards and Finals Day.