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DCB Development Officer Recognised as Most Inspirational Cricket Coach

Posted by Iliyana Farfarova on 20/12/2016 15:34


One of our Development Officers has been named Most Inspirational Coach to Young Cricketers.


Phil Mellons was recognised as the Most Inspirational Coach in a nationwide Chance to Shine participant survey.


The cricket charity asked the participants in their programmes who inspired them the most to play the game and 42 per cent of them opted not for a professional cricketer, but for their coach, with Phil claiming the most mentions in the country.


Phil is also third overall, behind international cricket players, with 55 mentions.


Phil said: “The results were quite a surprise and I really didn’t expect it. It’s brilliant to be recognised by the children and teachers themselves.


“So I do appreciate the recognition and I think it shows the progress we’ve made in keeping cricket fun and suited for young players.


“While the results are very positive, I have to say it’s not just a personal achievement but a result of the efforts and support of the entire team at Durham Cricket Board.”


Steve Bell, a Chance to Shine Project Manager at Durham Cricket Board, said: “We, at the Board, are very proud of the recognition Phil has received. The results are a true testament to all the great work that he has done with young players in the region.


“They were unexpected but nonetheless not surprising - Phil does a fantastic job with engagement and has been a key figure in our development work since the start.


“His achievement further confirms that the programmes our coaches implement across the county is truly inspiring to the next generation of cricketers.”


Phil has been a driving force of cricket with Durham Cricket Board for nearly ten years.


Steve added: “The fact that younger cricket players look up to their coaches is an opportunity that we can enhance further and that’s very exciting.”