The Energy Check Game Changer of the Month: May 2021
Longridge Cricket Club's Kerry James is May’s Game Changer of the Month
Lancashire Cricket is delighted to announce that the winner of The Energy Check Game Changer of the Month Award for May, is Kerry James from Longridge Cricket Club.
The monthly initiative aims to recognise and reward the outstanding contributions made by individuals working in cricket across Lancashire every month, with a Game Changer of the Year to be named at Lancashire Cricket’s annual End of Season Awards.
Kerry is an established member of Longridge CC who helped to set-up the Junior section committee and has also been largely instrumental in overseeing a significant and sustained growth in junior and senior member participation at Longridge CC.
Starting when her son entered the club at 8 years old, Kerry has willingly and tirelessly volunteered for all her Club duties and is always available at short notice in emergencies.
Kerry is the go-to person for information and guidance and acts as the face of the Club for new and existing member enquiries, with a particular focus on juniors and the National programmes. Recently, this has been a huge success for the Club, attracting up to 80 new children and families.
On behalf of The Energy Check, Kerry was presented with a cheque for £150 to purchase something which will assist Longridge CC with the Club’s day-to-day running.
Kerry was also presented with a trophy to mark her achievement from Lancashire Cricket all-rounder Danny Lamb and a complimentary stay at Emirates Old Trafford’s on-site Hilton Garden Inn for a domestic matchday.
Upon receiving the Game Changer of the Month Award, Kerry James said: “Our Chairman rang me up and said that I had been put forward which I was mortified about – but I am also very proud!
“We would not be the Club that we are without our volunteers, and we are very lucky that we have a lot of really good, hardworking and passionate people here.
“I would like to thank The Energy Check for the £150 cheque which will be put to good use here at Longridge. We will use it to help encourage and reward our junior volunteering scheme which just requires a little bit of investment to get it off the ground.”
The Game Changer recognition programme affirms The Energy Check’s involvement and commitment to recreational and grassroots cricket in the North West, with Lancashire players awarding winners at their clubs.
Andrew Brewer, Corporate Partnership Manager for The Energy Check commented: “Grassroots cricket is at the heart of the community for many, and it is amazing to see the hard work that goes into programmes such as All Stars Cricket for 5 to 8 year-olds and the Dynamos programme for 8-11 year olds.
“Without volunteers like Kerry, these programmes would not be feasible. Kerry plays a vital role for Longridge CC and I am delighted to see her win this award.”
Lancashire Cricket all-rounder Danny Lamb added: “I think back to when I was young and all the hard work which individuals put in at my junior Club, in order to get the games on and keep everything running smoothly behind the scenes.
“Volunteers are hugely important to recreational cricket clubs and it’s brilliant to see Lancashire Cricket and The Energy Check come together to deliver this initiative which recognises their work.”