Coaches scoop top awards

Mark Cookson and James Cutt pick up MCC Chance to Shine award
Mark Cookson and James Cutt pick up MCC Chance to Shine award

South Ribble-based Mark Cookson and fellow Lancashire Cricket Board coach James Cutt have been awarded the MCC Spirit of Cricket Award.

The duo picked up at the accolade at the Chance to Shine Brit Insurance Annual Achievement Awards.

The LCB Cricket Development Coaches were recognised at the star-studded national event for their innovative approach to delivering the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ in South Ribble and West Lancashire.

Chance to Shine is the Cricket Foundation’s charitable campaign to educate two million state school children through cricket by 2015.

As a way of reaching out to youngsters in Lancashire, Cookson and Cutt brought along a Red Rose favourite, Lancashire CCC mascot Lanky, to engage with the school children and ensure they had an enjoyable experience.

The pair were presented with the award by England fast bowler Chris Tremlett at the event held at Lord’s.

Also in attendance were England captains Andrew Strauss and Charlotte Edwards, along with bowler Jade Dernbach.

Speaking about the award, Cookson said: “It’s an honour to be recognised by Chance to Shine for the work James and I have done in promoting the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ around the schools in our areas.

“The feedback I have received from all the schools about the programme has been excellent and I believe that this has gone a long way in introducing kids to cricket, who may not have taken part otherwise.”