ECB Coach Awards 2017 – Coach of The Year 2017
“Coach of the Year” - Criteria Below!
There are thousands of qualified coaches in clubs and schools up and down the country. Who goes the extra mile? Who makes a difference to you or your players, club or school? Who’s your coaching hero?
Norfolk Winner 2017 – Neil Taylor (Swardeston Cricket Club & NYC Coach)
Both Alan Ponder (Oustanding Contribution) and Neil Taylor (Coach of The Year) were invited to a day out at the third test of the 2017 Investec Series as England played South Africa at the Kia Oval. Unfortunately, Neil Taylor could not attend but Alan Ponder received his winner’s certificates on the pitch during the lunch break from New South Africa Coach & England Bowling Coach Ottis Gibson.
Coaching Qualification: Level II
Club: Swardeston Cricket Club
Current Coaching: Norfolk County Age Group Coach, Swardeston CC Club Coach & Norfolk Youth Committee Chairman
Professional Status Within Cricket: Part-Time / Volunteer Coach
There are those people out there that just give everything to cricket because of their love for the game. Neil is one of those people. It is hard to think of how county youth cricket in Norfolk would continue without his support.
Neil has occupied the role of NYC Chairman for some 5 years, but has made an increasingly valuable contribution to the performance of Norfolk County Youth sides in recent years. His commitment is such that he sees all players at all age groups at some point in the year and as a result he has provided valuable insight to coaches and managers across age groups as to the development and skills of particular players.
Neil now occupies a coaching role at the key age groups of U10’s as well as assisting at U11 and U17’s on occasions. The U10’s group is vital for setting players off on the right foot with regard to playing county cricket and he achieves that with aplomb. He has played a key role in ensuring that Norfolk County Youth Cricket regularly punches above the weight of a Minor County, producing players and results that are the envy of many. The win ratio of the U10’s in 2016 was over 60% which is in large part down to Neil.
He has made a huge contribution to CAG cricket as well as at his own club (Swardeston CC) and we look forward to many more years of service from him.
Kieron Tuck (Norfolk Cricket Board Development Director)