Since 2003 the ECB, in conjunction with NatWest, has been running the OSCAs programme. Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards, or OSCAs, are aimed at recognising volunteers who give so much of their time to supporting cricket at recreational level. The awards reward and identify those individuals who volunteer at club, school, district and county level to maintain and increase levels of participation and enjoyment of cricket.
In 2010 we introduced our very own OSCAs awards for volunteers working in recreational cricket in Northamptonshire. Since then each year we contact all of our cricket clubs in Northamptonshire to ask them for nominations in the 6 award categories (details on each category can be seen below). The winners are chosen by a committee selected by Northants Recreational Cricket after receiving the nominations from the clubs. The successful candidates in each category go through to represent Northamptonshire in the National OSCAs at Lords Cricket Ground.
The categories for the 2020 Natwest OSCAs are:
Lifetime Achiever- This individual will have made an outstanding difference to their cricket Club, League, Board or local cricket community over a significant number of years.
Young Volunteer- This award is designed to highlight and show the fantastic contribution that young volunteers can make within the game. (14-18)
Young Volunteer- This award is designed to highlight and show the fantastic contribution that young volunteers can make within the game. (19-25)
Heartbeat of the Club- The special volunteer that your club simply couldn’t do without, often the roles they carry out are behind the scenes. They often undertake a number of different roles, and are always there to lend a hand.
Pro Active Leadership in Cricket- This award is designed to highlight and show the essential contribution that proactive leadership can make within the Club, Leagues, Officiating, Community or County Organisation’s. We want to recognise those individuals who are providing vision and direction in growing the game and reaching into new markets.
The Most Inspiring and Diverse Cricket Offer- This award is designed to highlight a club, league or community organisation that offers member led products, programmes and events that encourage participation from all members of their community. Innovation and pushing the boundaries are to be rewarded here and we want to recognise growth within the game.
Coaches Awards- Coach of the Year- There are thousands of qualified coaches in clubs and schools up and down the country. Who goes the extra mile? Who makes a difference to you or your players, club or school? Who’s your coaching hero?
Coaches Awards- Young Coach of the Year– Do you know someone who’s already making a difference? Who’s already passing on their enthusiasm for the game and inspiring the next generation of players? We are looking for young coaches who are 18 to 25 years of age who you would like to say thank you to.
Coaches Awards- Outstanding Contribution- This person has been at the heart of things seemingly forever. They have probably played every role there is to play and without them cricket coaching in your club, in your league, your county or at your school just wouldn’t be the same or just would happen at all.
Coaches Awards- Coaching Club of the Year- The club that demonstrates a real commitment to player development, encouraging a wide range of people to become coaches and helping existing coaches to improve within a safe, enjoyable and supportive environment. Presented to one named representative of the club.
Coaches Awards- All Stars Activator- We are looking for an All Stars Activator that throws themselves in to the delivery of the programme to ensure the children involved get the best first experience of cricket.
To nominate someone for one of these awards please Click Here
The closing date for all nominations is Friday 10th April.