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AO Volunteer of the Month: August 2019

AO Volunteer of the Month: August 2019

Congratulations to Mick Deasey, of Great Harwood CC, who is awarded the AO Volunteer of the Month prize for August

Lancashire Cricket is delighted to announce that Mick Deasey from Great Harwood Cricket Club (GHCC) and the Hyndburn Cricket Development Group, is the winner of the August AO.com Volunteer of the Month Award.

The initiative recognises the outstanding contributions made by volunteers at cricket clubs across Lancashire on a monthly basis, culminating in the AO.com Volunteer of the Year Award to be announced at the 2019 End of Season Awards at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 27 September.

Great Harwood Cricket Club were awarded a new 55-inch 4K TV, courtesy of AO.com, which will be set up in their Clubhouse and Mick was presented with a special individual prize by Lancashire and England legend Warren Hegg earlier this week.

Mick has dedicated over 30 years and many hours of volunteering to the club, most notably by running an expansive junior setup at the Club.

Additionally, he is heavily involved in the Hyndburn Cricket Development Group and is a key influencer in the development of grassroots cricket in this area.

Due to Mick’s efforts and involvement with local feeder schools, the All Stars programme at Great Harwood has seen a recent surge in numbers. With help from the Lancashire Cricket Foundation, the Club’s programme has grown hugely, with over 30 children aged five to eight attending sessions this summer.

First joining the club as a player, Mick has been involved ever since and has undertaken roles such as club secretary and umpiring.

Mick creates cricket opportunities through both winter and summer for both District and Club players, whilst also volunteering for Hyndburn Cricket Development Group, demonstrating his commitment to the game.

Now an umpire as well, he has often foregone personal commitments to stand in the middle and ensure games go ahead for local cricketers.

Upon receiving the award, Mick Deasey said: “I’m very pleased indeed. You work hard doing stuff for the Club and it’s great to be recognised in this way, I’m delighted about it.

“I appreciate the support of AO, I didn’t know about the Volunteer of the Month award so it was a bit of a stunner when it came through!”

The Volunteer Recognition Programme affirms AO.com’s involvement and commitment to recreational and grassroots cricket in the North West, with Lancashire players awarding winners at their clubs.

David Lawson, Managing Director of AO.com, commented: “It’s been an up and down few months for English cricket with the Aussies retaining the Ashes, but there have been some spectacular individual performances along the way. Our volunteer recognition programme aims to highlight people like Mick and the spectacular work he’s doing that isn’t always in the national spotlight. Ben Stokes might get most of the plaudits, but AO are saving some for Mick and all the other fantastic volunteers. Well done Mick and thank you.”

Bolton-based AO.com, the leading online electrical store, has been a partner of Lancashire Cricket since 2015. This includes exclusive naming rights of the hugely popular Family and Community Stand at Emirates Old Trafford, as well as sponsoring the Lancashire Cricket Age Group and Medical Team kit.

Head of Cricket Business and ex-Lancashire captain Warren Hegg said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of the sport. Clubs such Great Harwood wouldn’t be able to function as well as they do currently.

“If it wasn’t for people like Mick, the Clubs would be worse off. I have had a great time catching up with Mick, learning about his work at the Club and he is a very worthy winner.”

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