Lancashire Cricket announce June AO.com Volunteer of the Month
Lancashire Cricket is pleased to announce Mike Hill of Whalley Range Cricket Club as the AO.com Volunteer of the Month for June.
Mike, who has been involved at the Club for over 12 years, undertakes a number of key roles at Whalley Range CC including Club Chairman, Cricket Section Chairman, Head Coach for the U9s, U11s (softball) and U12s as well as the groundsman.
Away from Whalley Range CC, one of his roles is Chairman of the Manchester Cricket Development Group where Mike not only facilitates meetings but inputs heavily into local plans with the Lancashire Cricket Foundation and Manchester City Council. He also tirelessly pulls together the District Cricket Programme, often officiating in these fixtures too.
Head of Cricket Business, Warren Hegg said, “Mike is a worthy winner of June’s AO.com Volunteer of the Month and it’s great to see that volunteers from around the county are being rewarded and recognised for their efforts by Lancashire Cricket and AO.com.
“Recreational cricket simply wouldn’t happen without volunteers like Mike and they truly are the unsung heroes behind growing cricket in the North West.”
After being presented his award, Mike Hill was delighted to have won the award saying, “It’s a marvellous programme that Lancashire Cricket Club and AO.com are running because far too many volunteers do not get recognised for their work. Recreational cricket up and down the country simply wouldn’t run it wasn’t for people giving up their time.
“It’s very much appreciated that both AO.com and Lancashire Cricket Club have come down to Whalley Range today and I’d also like to thank Warren Hegg for awarding my prize too.”
AO’s Chief Brand and People Officer, Michael Bates said, “Through our involvement in this project it’s great to see first-hand the work people are doing throughout the county to give back to the community. As a business, we know the importance of supporting our local community around the North West and cricket gives us a great platform to do this.”
As part of the award, Whalley Range Cricket Club have been awarded a new 55-inch 4K TV, courtesy of AO.com, which will be set up in their Clubhouse and Mike was also presented with a special individual prize by former Lancashire and England wicket keeper, and now Head of Cricket Business, Warren Hegg on Thursday afternoon.
The new Volunteer Recognition Programme affirms AO.com’s involvement and commitment to recreational and grassroots cricket in the North West, with Lancashire players awarding future winners at their clubs.
AO.com, the online electricals store whose head office is based in Bolton, have been a partner of Lancashire Cricket since 2015, which includes sponsoring the Club’s AO.com green Royal London One-Day Cup kit, new and exclusive naming rights of the hugely popular Family and Community Stand at Emirates Old Trafford, as well as the continuation and development of the popular ‘Best Delivery’ bowling activation as part of the Club’s Thunder and Lightning Roadshow across the entire North West region.
The inaugural winner of the AO.com Volunteer of the Month was Peter Mcdermid from Trimpell Cricket Club back in May.
As AO.com Volunteer of the Month for June, Mike becomes a nominee for the AO.com Volunteer of the Year award, alongside Peter Mcdermid, which will be presented at Lancashire Cricket Club’s End of Season Awards at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 28 September.