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VOLUNTEER CENTRES

Volunteer centres can be an excellent source of help for your club when you are looking to find new volunteers. They can extend the range of people who volunteer in sport and may well be able to identify someone with specific skills who would not necessarily have found their way into sport or your club.

For details of your local Volunteer Centre in Sussex please contact foundation@sussexcricket.co.uk

Natwest OSCA's 2020

2020 NatWest OSCAs Nominations

Dear club,

The summer of 2020 has been like no other and the 2020 NatWest OSCAs will aim to reflect the achievements and efforts of the cricket community in their work off the field.

Please note there are a few changes to the categories and criteria for this year, so please ensure that you read through this email thoroughly before submitting your nominations.   

The 2020 NatWest OSCAs will be held as a virtual event which is currently at the planning stage. All nominations will be due by Monday 7th September and invites will go out week beginning 14th September once the ECB panel has met. Invites will all be sent electronically this year, so please ensure there is an e-mail address on the nomination form. 

The NatWest OSCAs aim to reward the contribution that volunteers make to the game. We welcome nominations for volunteers from the traditional cricketing environments (Clubs, Leagues, and Boards) but in addition to this, we would like to recognise volunteers from emerging environments such as Higher and Further Education, Community Programmes, Workplaces and Recreational Park Leagues.

The two main NatWest OSCAs nomination categories for 2020 will be Connecting Communities and Pro-Active Leadership within the Cricket Community. We also have a third category - the #raisethebat award which is detailed below.

  1. Connecting Communities

This award is designed to highlight a club, league or community organisation that has supported the members of their community through inspirational methods. Through a diverse range of measures throughout COVID-19 to ensure cricket has played its part in looking after the local community. Innovation and pushing the boundaries are to be rewarded here and we want to recognise the important role played by club, group of people or organisation.

  1. Pro-Active Leadership within the Cricket Community

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 supporting their local community and highlighting the role cricket plays within that.

Nomination Criteria

Below you will find the judging criteria for the each of the categories - the characteristics and achievements that distinguish some nominees from others.

Whilst the criteria differ within each category, a minimum standard that all of the nominations must show is as follows:

 Evidence in the nomination form of the criteria having been achieved  

  • Evidence that the person has had a positive and sustainable impact on their club/organisation/association and wider community
  • A demonstration of the volunteer going ‘beyond the call of duty’ and exceeding expectations for the good of the club/organisation/game of cricket and wider community
  • Evidence that the actions of the volunteer have aided the wider community
  • An on-going commitment to the club/organisation/association and its members 

The #raisethebat Award

The #raisethebat Award is your opportunity to put forward an outstanding individual, be they a key worker or someone who has gone over and above during this period of COVID-19. Individuals are also able to nominate themselves.

How to Nominate 

Email any nominations to oliver.smith@sussexcricket.co.uk by Monday 7th September 2020. Please ensure you complete the attached form fully so that your chosen nominee can be contacted if they are successful in reaching the National Awards event.

Understanding Our Volunteers ECB 2020 Volunteer Survey

From North to South, East to West, clubs and leagues across the country are run and managed by incredible individuals like you, making sure that cricket is available to everyone. We know that week in, week out, many of you go above and beyond, often juggling your cricket role with full time jobs and everything else that life throws at us - and what's more, you do it for the love of the game as a volunteer. We are hugely grateful for the time and effort that you put in - thank you. 

As we at the ECB start to develop our wider Volunteer Strategy, understanding how you feel will help us to shape the strategy and the ECB’s plans for the future of volunteering in cricket.  We would hugely value your time in completing the survey which will take no longer than 15 minutes, as well as sharing the link with any other volunteers within your cricket network and across your social channels.

As a thank you for participating, you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of two England Men’s signed bats from the Investec Test Series in 2018 and the South Africa and New Zealand Vitality IT20 tri-series in 2017!

2020 Volunteer Survey