Alan Ponder - ECB Outstanding Contribution Award - Norfolk 2017

Alan Ponder - ECB Outstanding Contribution Award - Norfolk 2017

ECB Coach Awards 2017 - Oustanding Contribution Award 2017

“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 2017
– Alan Ponder

Both Alan Ponder (Oustanding Contribution) and Neil Taylor (Coach of The Year) were invited to a day out at the third test of the 2017 Investec Series as England played South Africa at the Kia Oval. Unfortunately, Neil Taylor could not attend but Alan Ponder received his winner’s certificates on the pitch during the lunch break from New South Africa Coach & England Bowling Coach Ottis Gibson.

Coaching Background

Age: 70
Coaching Qualification: NCA Advanced Coach
Club/School: Norwich Cricket Club & Gresham's School
Current Coaching: Gresham's School Support Coach
Number of Years Coaching: 35+ Years
Average Hours Per Week: 10-12 Hours (Summer)
Professional Status Within Cricket: Part-Time / Volunteer

Why Alan?

Alan Ponder was a fine cricketer in his own right as a player, playing for Cambridgeshire for many years as a wicketkeeper / batsman. However his love for the game led him down the coaching route, to compliment his qualified teacher status.

Having qualified as a cricket coach in the 1980’s he continued to develop his skills, moving up the coaching ladder and eventually becoming an NCA Advanced Coach in the 1990’s.

During this time Alan took up the role of ‘Master in charge of Cricket’ at the renowned Greshams School in Norfolk. Here he oversaw the development of a series of successful cricket teams that included many players that also went on to play Minor Counties cricket across the country. He occupied this role with distinction for well over 20 years, and was also instrumental in taking the school on several successful tours of Barbados in the Garfield Sobers International Schools Festival.

In addition to his school duties Alan has also been a player and coach for many years at Ingham CC and then Norwich CC (following the merger between Ingham and Norwich Barleycorns). He has played a significant part in helping Norwich CC reach the East Anglian Premier League.

Alan also played a significant part for many years in the development of new coaches, being a tutor on the Coach Education programmes of the old Norfolk Cricket Association, and then the new Norfolk Cricket Board.

An outstanding technical coach, he was highly respected across Norfolk for his understanding of the game, and the ability to ensure players (especially batsmen) were well prepared for any situation.

Alan is now scaling back his coaching duties so this seems an appropriate time to recognise his contribution to Norfolk cricket across club, school and cricket board work.

Kieron Tuck (Norfolk Cricket Board Development Director)

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