We are pleased to announce the three County winners for the ECB Coach Awards for 2016:
- Daniel Seaman - Young Coach of the Year
- Vincent Joseph - Kent Coach of the Year
- Olly Powell - Kent Outstanding Contribution
Kent Young Coach of the Year: Daniel Seaman
From Sidcup Cricket Club, Daniel Seaman is Kent's Young Coach of the Year.
Dan has been involved with coaching at the club since his early teenage years, initially starting out helping the Under 11 sessions. Dan qualified as a Level 1 coach at 16 and as a result was able to take a more structured role in coaching at the club. Dan then completed his Level 2 coaching qualification soon after his 18th birthday. This has been used to great effect ever since, helping to develop young players at Sidcup CC. Dan demonstrates a great deal of enthusiasm for his coaching and gives up the majority of his weekend to coach the junior cricketers. This is the case for both the summer and winter months where Dan is committed to developing both boys and girls cricket at Sidcup. He also regularly umpires junior matches. Dan always takes the time to advise and provide direction to our junior players, including providing words of consolation when needed. In addition to the voluntary hours that he ploughs into developing and supporting the junior section at Sidcup Cricket Club Dan also holds down a full time job. Dan's commitment and dedication to coaching throughout his teens and now in his early twenties is worthy of recognition.
Kent Coach of the Year: Vincent Joseph
From Lordswood Cricket Club, Vincent Joseph (Joe) is Kent's Coach of the Year.
Joe become involved at Lordswood after spectatiing at a junior game. Joe quickly gained his Level 2 coaching qualification and then took on the responsibility for the Under 11 side. In his second season with them the team were runners up in the Medway Cup. After this successful season Joe became involved in all age groups in the Colts section at Lordswood and now coaches all age groups up to the Under 17s whilst managing the Under 11 side. Having served 22 years in the British Army Joe is an exceptional role model for the junior club members. He is an extremely positive coach who is careful to involve all players in all sessions and tailors his sessions according to the ability of the inidividuals present. Joe shows a great deal of patience and understanding when dealing with players and parents. He works hard to promote cricket as a character building and enjoyable sport from which children will benefit. There are currently around 70 junior members at Lordswood who all benefit from Joe's skills. As well as his coaching at the cricket club Joe also volunteers at a local primary school, working with children from the age of 6.
Kent Outstanding Contribution: Olly Powell
From Old Elthamian's Cricket Club, Olly Powell is awarded for his Outstanding Contribution to Coaching.
Olly has been the Director of Coaching at OECC for 4 years. In that time he has been instrumental in developing excellent in coaching across all aspects of the club that embraces the OECC ethos of 'cricket as a sport for all whatever ones ability'. As a club OECC measures Olly's contribution in more ways than just 'coaching itself'. In this respect he has created outcomes that create a sustainable cricket club. Examples of this include: developing a coaching structure that provides head coaches for each age group; created pathways for young people to become coaches themselves; created a mentoring programme to develop OECC's coaches in their personal development skills; oversees CPD for each coach. As well as being the lead coach for the Under 15 and Under 16 age group Olly coaches across all age groups so that he can monitor the quality of coaching within the club. Olly has created an outreach programme that sees him coaching and leading a tream of OECC coaches across 7 schools in the area, providing cricket as a sport where none previouslly existed. This is really important to the club as it makes the club sustainable through his efforts to form a sustainable and progressive club school link. There is no doubt that Olly is a coach of extraordinary vision and talent. He constantly pushes the boundaries of what is possible both within coaching structures, coaching programmes and the development of coaches themselves. He has a winning and persuasive personality that gets the best out of everybody.