ECB Coach Awards

Recognising people that have made a significant contribution to coaching cricket.

The ECB Coach Awards are back for 2021, helping you to recognise those at your club, school, or community for all the hard work and effort they put in to support and nurture the next generation of young cricketers.

This year you can nominate within four categories, as follows:

  • Young Coach of the Year (16 – 25 years)
  • Coach of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution – Services to Coaching
  • Outstanding Contribution – Services to Coach Development

Please complete the nomination form in full and submit your application by Sunday 26th August. All county winners will be rewarded and recognised with the three finalists from each category being invited to attend the ECB Coach Awards dinner on Saturday 29th January 2022 at the University of Warwick. The National winners will be announced during the dinner.

Young Coach of the Year

A young person who is already making a difference and is already passing on their enthusiasm for the game and inspiring the next generation of players. Someone who:

  • Demonstrated a commitment to developing the game at grass roots and community level
  • Has had a clear impact with a local school or club
  • Has shown creativity and determination in their development as a coach
  • 16-25 years of age

Coach of the Year

A coach who goes the extra mile and is a true coaching hero to their club, league, county or school. They are creative and work with players to help them reach their full potential whilst delivering active and fun sessions. Someone who:

  • Inspires and supports individual player development
  • Creates and delivers enjoyable and effective coaching sessions
  • Uses innovation and inspirational coaching methods which have significantly improved player and team performances

Outstanding Contribution – Services to Coaching

This person is the life and soul at your club, in your league, your county or at your school. They have dedicated a significant amount of time to coaching and have contributed to growing the game. Someone who:

  • Dedicated themselves to coaching and making a difference to the players
  • Created numerous opportunities and contributed to increasing participation of players
  • Is the heartbeat of the club, league, county, or school

Outstanding Contribution – Services to Coach Development

This is an individual or team of coach developers, club or local initiative who is going above and beyond to support the development of coaches in your county. An individual/team/club/initiative who:

  • Actively promotes and supports the development of the coaches and/or coaches associations
  • Grows and encourages diversity and inclusivity making everyone feel like cricket is a game for them
  • Provides administrative support and/or the development of coaching
  • We look forward to receiving your nominations and reading about the great work in the community!

Gareth Dawson / Workforce Development Officer

Gareth joined the GCB in 2016 and progressed into his current role as Workforce Development Officer in 2021. His main roles are being the main point of contact for the ECB on all Coach Development matters and grow the number of active coaches across the County of Gloucestershire.

Additionally, he will support the Gloucestershire Association of Cricket Officials (GACO) in developing an Officials Strategy that aims to grow the number of officials across the game. Increase the number of courses that are available to potential officials and work with GACO to transition volunteers from ‘course takers’ to ‘standing officials’.

Support the Gloucestershire Grounds Association in developing a programme of activity that supports ground staff across each year. Coordinate and manage both national and local Reward and Recognition events for all groups of volunteers. On top of practical delivery in schools, he will work with teachers to enhance their cricket delivery and work with universities/colleges to provide opportunities for students to gain qualifications and coaching experience.

Gareth is a Liverpool FC fan, a big follower of cricket around the world and plays his cricket at Hatherley & Reddings.

Gareth Dawson / Workforce Development Officer