CATEGORY….Best Spirit of Cricket Initiative in Partnership with UNAIDS and UNICEF
Madrid CC came up with an initiative plan this year to raise money and awareness for UNAIDS and UNICEF by asking all the embassies and consulates of cricket playing nations in Spain to partake in a fun tournament for the above charities
Sponsorship was obtained from the likes of Easy Jet Air Lines, Estudia Fuera and Phillips amongst others.
The day proved a fantastic success with numerous teams competing, including a Rest of the World team that featured players from five different countries.
Madrid Cricket Club provided the equipment and logistical know-how to host the event, and provided umpires, scorers and support staff on the day. Download information packs where readily available before the tournament on the web and quality raffle prizes on the day enabled the whole event to raise over 2000 Euros for the charities.
A Second solidarity tournament is already in the pipeline for next year, with more teams and more sponsors expected to take part.
The UNAIDS and UNICEF Logos were placed on Madrid’s and Cricket España Websites
Information of the tournament was made available to the local press.
High profile sponsors participated in the event.
A video of the whole event and purpose was placed on You Tube.
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Lord’s Cricket Ground, 31 January 2008
Scotland and Germany the big winners for Europe in ICC Development Program Regional Awards 2007
The ICC Development Program has announced the regional winners of the 2007 Annual Awards.
Scotland and Germany were the biggest winners, picking up two awards each.
Scotland received the awards for Best Overall Cricket Development and Best Marketing. Cricket Scotland had a very successful 2007 as its grassroots programme grew significantly with the help of official sponsors, Taggarts Jaguar.
Germany was awarded the Best Womens Initiative Award for an U17 Womens Tournament held in Oldenburg in February and the Best Junior Initiative Award for its Cricket to German Schools project which helped double the number of school children participating in cricket across Germany..
Elsewhere, the Spanish club, Madrid CC, won the Best Spirit of Cricket in Partnership with UNAIDs and UNICEF Award after it held a successful charity Twenty20 tournament.
Jos Heggelman of the Netherlands , was named as the European Volunteer of the Year for his magnificent contributions to the Netherlands Cricket Board (KNCB).
The Photo of the Year was taken by Switzerland ’s Morten Hannesbo who captured the essence of the Spirit of Cricket with his shot of a young Swiss team celebrating after their youngest team member took a great catch.
John Wright of Ireland was awarded the Lifetime Service Award. John is set to retire from his duties as Honorary Secretary of the Irish Cricket Union this weekend after years of service to cricket in both Ireland and Europe .
Elsewhere across the globe, two countries Bermuda and Namibia received three awards each, and, aside from Germany and Scotland , five other member countries collected two awards each: Botswana , Nepal , Indonesia , Japan and Vanuatu .
Two Members – Peru , who only joined the ICC as an Affiliate member in 2007, and Suriname – received prizes for the first time.
ICC Global Development Manager Matthew Kennedy congratulated all of the award winners on their achievements.
“These Development Program Annual Awards have become more competitive each year and the Regional judges have recently had a very tough task,” said Mr Kennedy.
“As well as congratulating the winners, I’d like to say that all the submissions leave us feeling immensely positive about the health of the game around the world.
“This year’s awards again illustrate the way many established development programs are flourishing as well as how new initiatives and programs are coming to the fore. The global awards are sure to be heavily contested,” added Mr Kennedy.
The Development Program Annual Awards, which began in 2002, promote excellence in cricket development and recognise exceptional performance and service to the game in the ICC’s 91Associate and Affiliate Members.
Nominees in 2007 came from a range of levels – country, club, association, team, school and individual – highlighting the positive impact cricket is making on the lives of people from culturally diverse communities.
The Regional Award Winners listed below will each receive an ICC plaque and be put forward for the ICC Global Awards.
The global winners will receive a $2,000 cricket equipment grant.
These winners were selected by the relevant regional head office from the many entries received and will now be nominated for the global award in the relevant category.
The judges for the global awards are Ray Mali (ICC President), Ehsan Mani (Past ICC President), Malcolm Gray (Past ICC President), and Keith Bradshaw (MCC Chief Executive and Secretary). The global awards will be announced on 14 March 2008.
Best Overall Cricket Development -Scotland
Junior Cricket -Germany
Best Women’s Cricket-Germany
Best Cricket Marketing-Scotland
Photo of the Year-Switzerland
Spirit of Cricket-Madrid CC, Spain
Volunteer of the Year- Joe Heggelman, Holland
Lifetime Award – John Wright,Ireland.