Saltaire member Duguid tells of 'shock' at national volunteer honour (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Saltaire member Duguid tells of 'shock' at national volunteer honour
Saltaire Cricket Club’s Ed Duguid has won national recognition for his work on the Chance to Shine campaign.
Duguid was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award at the Brit Insurance Annual Achievement Awards at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The award recognises the outstanding contribution of individuals who have given their personal time on a regular basis to assist schools and clubs within the Chance to Shine programme.
Chance to Shine is the Cricket Foundation’s charitable campaign to educate two million state schoolchildren through cricket by 2015.
The campaign is now running in 4,500 schools, and 1.8 million children have enjoyed cricketing opportunities as a result.
The award judges praised Duguid for undertaking all assembly visits, providing a fun and interactive presentation to the children, and for organising and running the National Cricket Day activity for the West Yorkshire region at Saltaire Cricket Club.
He was presented with the award by England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards. Also in attendance were England wicketkeeper Matt Prior and former England captain Alec Stewart, along with members of the England women’s team.
Picking up his award, Duguid said: “I’m shocked. I just did what I felt I should do. I got stuck into the programme, which I think is a wonderful programme helping loads of kids getting involved in cricket.
"We ended up with almost 30 kids joining our club in one season alone, which is great for the future of our club and hopefully great for the kids.”
Wasim Khan, chief executive of the Cricket Foundation, the charity behind Chance to Shine, said: “The Brit Insurance Annual Achievement Awards is a fantastic opportunity for us to highlight and say thank you to all the people in clubs and schools around the country who make the campaign possible.”