Mike Banham - ECB Outstanding Contribution Award 2015

Mike Banham - ECB Outstanding Contribution Award 2015ECB Coach Awards 2015 - Oustanding Contribution Award 2015

“Outstanding Contribution” - Criteria Below!

This person has been at the heart of things seemingly forever. They have probably played every role there is to play and without them cricket coaching in your club, in your league, your county or at your school just wouldn’t be the same or just would happen at all.

Norfolk Winner 2015 - Mike Banham (Old Buckenham)

Both Mike Banham (Oustanding Contribution) and Daniel Ward (Coach of The Year) were treated to a day out at the final test of the 2015 Investec Ashes at the Kia Oval as England regained the Ashes. Both recieved their winners certificates on the pitch during the lunch break from ex England star Mike Gatting.

Coaching Background

Coaching Qualification: Level II
Club: Old Buckenham Cricket Club
Current Coaching: Lead Coach / Youth Manager @ Old Buckenham Cricket Club
Number of Years Coaching: 20+ Years
Average Hours Per Week: 15-20 Hours
Professional Status Within Cricket: Volunteer Coach

Why Mike?

Mike Banham has been involved at Old Buckenham CC for as long as anyone cares to remember. He is a highly active member of the club, not only as a coach but also on the committee and other events and activities in the club.

As a Level 2 Coach Mike has been instrumental in many beneficial developments and changes at the club over the years, but especially in the last 5 years.

During recent years the club has developed significantly and Mike has been a key part of this. They are now an established Alliance Premier Division team, producing a steady stream of excellent club players, some of which have gone on to play Minor County Cricket. The club run a range of successful youth teams, including girls teams.

Perhaps more important though is the club’s commitment to the Chance to Shine programme and the benefits that this has brought. Mike leads a coaching team of 3 that goes in to around 8-10 schools locally and delivers some 300 hours of coaching and activity in these schools each year. This has seen the numbers in the clubs youth section flourish of late to well in excess of 100 players. Many of these players are girls, and three of these girls have now gone on to represent Norfolk at County U13 & U15 level. This is a direct result of Mike’s coaching and involvement (and talent ID) at local schools. The club regularly recruit 20-25 new junior members a year as a direct result of Mike’s coaching and that of the club programme he runs.

Mike continues to work as a coach in the club at youth level and is planning the 2015 delivery at Old Buckenham for the summer terms 2015 where we expect further successes.

Kieron Tuck (Norfolk Cricket Board Development Director)

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