Black History Month – Mick Piggott’s Story

30th October 2023

Black History Month provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the history and achievements of black people in the UK. The month of October is dedicated to celebrating the contributions of black people to British society and to raise awareness.

To mark Black History Month in Norfolk, we want to recognise and celebrate the impact that Mick Piggott has had on recreational cricket in Norfolk over the last 45 years. Mick remains heavily involved at Thetford Town Cricket Club but the impact he has had on Norfolk Cricket is countywide.

  • His mother, Coralita Piggott was 1st black teacher in Norfolk and Mick followed in her footsteps to become a teacher in 1991.
  • He lectured cricket at Greenwich University from 1989-1991.
  • He represented British Polytecnic/University Team from 1989-1991.
  • He gained NCA Advanced Staff Coach status in 1997.
  • He gained ECB Level III Lead Coach status in 2001.
  • He played cricket in Norfolk for over 45 years and represented Norfolk at youth and senior level against touring South African U21 side. 
  • He played in the Norfolk Cricket Alliance for 44 consecutive years. 
  • He joined the Norfolk Coach Education team in 1991 and was instrumental in Norfolk being awarded Sky Sports Coaching Team of the Year. 
  • Over the years, Mick has coach developed and mentored 100’s of coaches, many who have now gone on to work in cricket and coach at their clubs.
  • He joined the Norfolk County Age Group coaching programme in 1991 and over the next 20 years, worked with a number of promising cricketers who have gone onto 1st class county and international acclaim. 
  • He was the 1st Afro-Caribbean chairman of both Thetford Rugby Club and Thetford Cricket Club.
  • Ongoing mentoring of a young Afghan refugee for the past 5 years at both Thetford Academy and Thetford CC, which led to him being awarded the ‘Chance to Shine’ Street Participant of the Year award at Lords in 2019. He will be attending university in 2024.
  • He continues to coach on the Chance to Shine Street Cricket Programme at Thetford Academy.

Thank you Mick!