AO Volunteer of the Month: June 2019
Liz Chamberlain of Adlington Cricket Club scoops June's award
Lancashire Cricket is delighted to announce the first winner of the 2019 Volunteer Recognition Programme, in partnership with AO.com.
The winner of the June award is Liz Chamberlain from Adlington Cricket Club, who has become the heartbeat of the Club after 36 years of being involved.
During that time, Liz has fulfilled a large number of roles since starting as treasurer and helping to rebuild the Club's finances.
She now plays a major role in providing opportunities for local kids to play cricket, leading on the Club’s ongoing ECB Clubmark Accreditation and filling the position of Club Welfare Officer.
Adlington have also recently become an All Stars Cricket Centre and Liz has spent time voluntarily promoting the junior section within local schools.
An active fundraiser, Liz also gets hands-on in a wide range of ways. When she is not fixing or improving existing facilities, the star volunteer can be found volunteering behind the bar or making the teas on a matchday.
Her love of the Club is a shared passion with husband, Nick, who also volunteers in a number of roles at the Club, making it a true family affair.
Upon receiving the award, Liz Chamberlain said: ““I’m shocked, and delighted, to have been nominated and could not believe it. I’d like to say a big thank you to Lancashire Cricket and to AO.
“The Volunteer of the Month programme is a fantastic initiative as volunteers generally do not get recognised for their hard work and efforts. Recreational cricket up and down the country simply wouldn’t run it wasn’t for people giving up their time.” ”
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: “After the recent high of the Cricket World Cup, there’s never been a better time to be involved in the sport so we’re excited to renew our partnership with Lancashire Cricket, particularly its volunteer programme.
"The dedication of volunteers like Liz who give their own time and passion is fantastic and chimes so closely with the values of thousands of people who work at AO. Congratulations from all of us, Liz.”
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: “Liz is a fine example of why volunteers are critical to recreational cricket and the future of junior cricket. I am certain all of the juniors at Adlington are hugely appreciative of the work she does and I congratulate her on picking up the Volunteer of the Month award.
"With the help of our partners, AO.com, we are able to recognise and reward those individuals who help grow the game in Lancashire."
Adlington CC were awarded a new 55-inch 4K TV, courtesy of AO.com, which will be set up in their Clubhouse and Liz was also presented with a special individual prize by Lancashire all-rounder Danny Lamb earlier this week.
As AO.com Volunteer of the Month for June, Liz 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 29 September.