West Norfolk was well represented at the annual Norfolk Cricket Board Grassroots Awards on Tuesday, with finalists from Downham Stow and Grimston Cricket Clubs nominated for the “Inspired to Play” Award.
Almost 80 volunteers from across Norfolk were in attendance for the event at Wensum Valley Country Club, which seeks to recognize individuals or groups within a club going above and beyond to open the game to new audiences.
Despite strong competition from across the county, both David Grady of Downham Stow and Sam Adkin of Grimston made the shortlist of nominees.
David Grady’s hard work and dedication to his club, and cricket as a whole, was recognized in his nomination, with success for both his Under-15 teams who won their leagues.
He works alongside the Sunday and IV team captains, ensuring his young players have opportunities to play adult cricket, and is key to the development of junior players – nine of whom have played county cricket this year.
Adkin’s nomination focused on the success that Grimston Cricket Club have had in setting up youth cricket for the first time, progressing from 0 children to almost 50 in only a few months.
He also enjoyed success with fund raising activities, securing grants for double glazing, lavatory renovations, a new storage shed with hospitality area, and practice facilities.
Adkin narrowly secured first place with Grady as runner-up – reflecting on the award, Sam was grateful for the support he had received, stating “everything we have done here at Grimston has been met with incredible support from our community – it’s been wonderful to see the club grow and become the beating heart of our villages during the summer months – we are looking forward to continuing to increase our youth cricket offering, and working alongside other great clubs such as Downham Stow to ensure the future of cricket in West Norfolk” .