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 2019 Natwest OSCAs are:
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.
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 Umpires and Scorers -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.
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 25 or under 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- 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 22nd February.
Previous Winners in the Northamptonshire Natwest OSCAs are: