The Cricket Collective Awards are the annual celebration of the volunteers who go above and beyond to help make cricket happen.

This year, there is a brand new category sponsored by Metro Bank for those championing girls’ cricket at clubs. The Cricket Collective Awards have also joined together with the Coach Awards, so at the end of the season we are able to celebrate more people delivering recreational cricket than ever before.

A judging panel, as selected by Essex Cricket in the Community, will sit towards the end of August to select a shortlist of nominations to attend our Cricket Collective Awards event which will take place on day 3 of the Vitality County Championship Division 1 fixture against Nottinghamshire at The Cloud County Ground on Wednesday 11th September 2024, where the county winners will be announced.

Please make every effort to nominate deserving volunteers from cricket clubs. There are many hard-working volunteers, members and officials across the County without whom the game would not survive.

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ECB Categories

· Connecting Communities – A club or community organisation which has gone above and beyond to #raisethegame and support communities/groups

· Inspired to Play – An individual or group within your club or community organisation going above and beyond to #raisethegame and open the game up to new audiences

· Growing the Game – A league volunteer, committee member, or administrator going above and beyond to support clubs and help increase the number of games played

· The Metro Bank Champion of Girls’ Cricket – A volunteer, coach or role model who has championed growing girls’ cricket at their club

· Lifetime Achiever – That one individual who has given many years of service to your club or community group and who you could not do without

· Cricket Innovators – Someone who has brought new ideas and/or implemented new systems to improve your club or community group

· Unsung Hero – Those heroes who impact our game from behind-the-scenes and help us make cricket happen

· Rising Star Award – A young volunteer making a difference – for 11-16-year-olds

· Game Changer – A young volunteer making a difference in the game – for 17-25-year-olds

· SafeHands Award – An individual that has gone above and beyond to create a positive and inclusive environment for young people to enjoy the game

· Volunteer Grounds Team of the Year – An opportunity to reward and recognise those volunteers who are working hard and improving the places where the game is played

· Tackling Climate Change – A club or community organisation that is addressing the threat climate change poses to cricket, by making sustainable changes to operations, adapting their facilities and/or engaging and educating their local community

· Coach of the Year – A coach who goes the extra mile and is a true coaching hero to their club, league, county or school.

· Young Coach of the Year – A young person who is already passing on their enthusiasm for the game and inspiring the next generation of players (16-25-year-olds).

· Outstanding Contribution – Services to Community Coaching – This person is the life and soul at your club, in your league, your county or at your school, coaching and making a difference to players.

How to nominate

To nominate someone or a team for a ‘Cricket Collective Award’ simply complete and submit the online form here.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 09 August 2024 at 12.00pm.