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AO Volunteer of the Month: July 2019

AO Volunteer of the Month: July 2019

Chris Barnes, of Spring View CC, has been awarded AO's Volunteer of the Month award for July 2019

Lancashire Cricket is delighted to announce the winner of the July Volunteer of the Month, in partnership with AO.com.

The winner of the July award is Chris Barnes from Spring View Cricket Club (SVCC), who has performed multiple official positions over the last 35 years, highlighting his commitment to grassroots cricket in Wigan.

Chris led the charge with the nationwide All-Stars Programme at SVCC this year and has engaged local primary schools, with the support of the Lancashire Cricket Foundation, in recruiting over 40 children onto the programme.

He was also the driving force behind SVCC’s ECB Clubmark accreditation while fulfilling roles at the Club such as Chairman and Club Welfare Officer.

His contributions to cricket in the area are not restricted to SVCC. Chris is also the Secretary of the Wigan Cricket Development Group and Wigan Junior Cricket League, as well as performing the duties of U11s District Coach.

In one of many examples showcasing his commitment to local cricket, he trained as a caretaker in order to facilitate junior district net sessions at a local school following the closure of the previous facility – even at sessions where his sides were not involved.

He could also be seen mowing the ground, rolling the pitches and marking out the boundary for the Wigan Cricket Development Group T20 Finals Day this year after SVCC stood in as last minute hosts.

Very much the unsung hero, Chris’s passion to ensure cricket thrives not just in his own club, but within the Wigan Borough, for the past 30 years cannot be underestimated.

Upon receiving the award, Chris Barnes said: “I was very surprised. I am very fortunate because there are people like me at every Club, and there are people like me at this Club.

“Although it is me who has got this award, there are a whole team of people here. We are all pulling our weight and making great strides to take the Club forward.

“AO have been good enough to sponsor the scheme and the Club has benefitted from it, too, so I am really pleased.”

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: “Congratulations to Chris from everyone at AO.  At AO, we’re all about going the extra mile and the work that you’ve done over the last 35 years really chimes with our values as a company.  It’s people like you that make us proud to be involved with this great programme.””

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: “I would like to congratulate Chris on being awarded AO Volunteer of the Month for July. I have been told of his fantastic work and he is clearly an integral part of the setup.

“Clubs desperately need people like Chris to survive. Their passion for the game shines through and in particular his work in setting up the All Stars scheme shows how forward thinking he is with regards to the future of the Club, too.

“We would also like to thank AO for their continued sponsorship of the award, which means we can recognise more volunteers like Chris throughout the season.”

Spring View CC were awarded a new 55-inch 4K TV, courtesy of AO.com, and Chris was presented with a special individual prize by Lancashire fast bowler Liam Hurt earlier this week.

As AO.com Volunteer of the Month for July, Chris becomes a nominee for the AO.com Volunteer of the Year award, which will be presented at Lancashire Cricket Club’s End of Season Awards at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 27 September.

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