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 inviduals 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 7 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 2017 Natwest OSCAs are:
Heartbeat of the Club – This award is for that 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.
Get the Game On – Is designed to highlight the “game day” contribution that is made by a key volunteer at your club. They are often the proactive person who is instrumental in going the extra mile to ensure the game is played rather than it being called off.
Leagues – This award is aimed at recognising the outstanding contribution made by leagues which help and support an increase in participation and getting more people playing more.
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.
NatWest CricketForce -A club who has galvanised their members to support NWCF, gained support from local and national business, as well as linking with the local community in the recruitment of volunteers for club.
Officiating -This award is looking for an official who has visibly increased the quality of officiating and standard player satisfaction of the cricket within their own Club, League or County.
Young Volunteer – This award is designed to highlight and show the fantastic contribution that young volunteers can make within the game.
This year the winners of each category will be invited to the Northamptonshire OSCA Ceremony; which will be held on Wednesday 8th June during the Royal London match between Northants Steelbacks and Lancashire Lightening. They will also go on to be nominated towards the National OSCAs and therefore be invited to an event at Lords on Tuesday 4th October.
All applications should be in to Patricia Hankins on firstname.lastname@example.org or via post to Northants Recreational Cricket CIC, The County Ground, Abington Avenue, Northampton, NN14PR by Friday 30th June.
Previous Winners in the Northamptonshire Natwest OSCAs are: