Lancashire announce July AO.com Volunteer of the Month
AO.com Volunteer of the Month
Lancashire Cricket is delighted to announce that Phil O’Brien of Wavertree Cricket Club has been named as the AO.com Volunteer of the Month for July.
Phil, who is Club Chairman at Wavertree and has been involved there for over a decade also acts as an active coach within the junior section and was the main driver of formulating the Visually Impaired team at the Club which has flourished, finishing second in the regional league. He also helps organise and run Chance to Shine’s ‘Street for Girls’ as well as introducing All Stars Cricket to the Club.
Wavertree Cricket Club have been awarded a new 55-inch 4K TV, courtesy of AO.com, which will be set up in their Clubhouse. Phil was also presented with a special individual prize by Lancashire spinner Arron Lilley last week.
After being presented his award, Phil O’Brien was delighted to have won, saying, “I’m thrilled, surprised and honoured to have won the AO.com Volunteer of the Month!”
“There are lots of volunteers out there who do not get any recognition so it’s a fantastic programme that the Club and AO.com are running. I’d like to thank Arron Lilley who took time out of his busy schedule to come down to Wavertree and award my prize.”
Phil’s commitment to developing the club extends to being the Clubmark Accreditation Lead and a key fundraiser who led on the application to get a net facility, working closely with the local council. He has also been creative in engaging with the local community to benefit the club, for example by using an ex-postman to promote Lancashire Line and working with local businesses.
Phil promotes cricket within the local feeder schools and has created strong partnerships with ten schools by organising coaching programmes as well as taster days at the club. His passion for coaching and the development of players extends to the Liverpool District Squads where he gives up more spare time volunteering to mentor players taking their first steps on the Lancashire Cricket Pathway.
Club & Community Cricket Manager for the Lancashire Cricket Foundation, Paul Bryson said, “It’s difficult to explain just how much time Phil spends developing the cricket club but it’s safe to say the Club and the Liverpool District would be much worse off without his energy, vision and commitment to developing the game on and off the field.”
Lancashire all-rounder Arron Lilley, added: “I was delighted to award Phil as last month’s AO Volunteer of the Month. Recreational cricket would simply not happen if it wasn’t for volunteers giving up their time.
“It’s fantastic that AO.com are rewarding volunteers like Phil who devote so much time and effort into our sport within Lancashire.”
AO.com, the online electricals store whose head office is based in Bolton, are a long standing partner of Lancashire Cricket. The partnership includes the Club’s AO.com green Royal London One-Day Cup kit, exclusive naming rights of the hugely popular Family and Community Stand at Emirates Old Trafford, as well as the continuation of the popular ‘Best Delivery’ bowling activation as part of the Club’s Thunder and Lightning Roadshow across the entire North West region.
AO’s Chief Brand and People Officer, Michael Bates said, “Through our ongoing involvement in this programme we’ve been able to recognise and reward hard working volunteers across the region. Cricket is a great platform for us as a business to support our local communities.”
The inaugural winner of the AO.com Volunteer of the Month was Peter Mcdermid from Trimpell Cricket Club back in May. Mike Hill of Whalley Range Cricket Club went on to claim the June award.
As AO.com Volunteer of the Month for July, Phil becomes a nominee for the AO.com Volunteer of the Year award, alongside Peter Mcdermid and Mike Hill, which will be presented at Lancashire Cricket Club’s End of Season Awards at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 28 September.