Norman Scoops Top Sports Awards

Norman Scoops Top Sports Awards

By David Ross
14th March
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Long-time Wellington junior coach Norman Ross was recognised at the recent John Beswick International Awards Evening.

Norman picked up the Contribution to School Sport Award at the Shropshire Council ceremony.

The award recognised his long association with Wellington Cricket Club and Shropshire Cricket Board and his voluntary coaching work in schools in the area.

Everyone at Wellington would like to offer Norman their congratulations his much-deserved recognition.

Norman said:

"I first developed an interest in cricket when I was a boy at Wellington Secondary Modern School. It was at the persuasion of my sports master, Mr Ken Monather, that I was encouraged to join Wellington Cricket Club. The year was 1965.

In those days, there was no junior section, so I had to wait for my opportunity to be selected. My voluntary work helping the groundsman, Mr Harding, surely helped my get my first taste of playing.

Over the next two decades I enjoyed many happy times playing in the club’s 2nd XI - with a couple of seasons in the 1st XI. During this time, I particularly enjoyed working with the younger players and aiding their development. In 1985 I passed my ECB Level 2 coaching exam.

I became involved with the formation of the Youth Section at Wellington Cricket Club in the late 1980s and went on to become Youth Chairman for over 20 years. It has given me great pleasure to watch young players move through the ranks into the senior sides and eventually the 1st XI.

Since retiring, I have also worked with the Shropshire Cricket Board, assisting with teams at U11, U13 and U15 level. This has allowed me to coach at prestigious Summer Festivals, such as those held annually at Shrewsbury and Taunton.

I have worked closely with the Shropshire Cricket Board in promoting cricket in junior and senior schools in the Telford area since the 1990s. These include: Dothill, Shortwood, Crudgington, High Ercall, Wrekin View, Ladygrove, Leegomery, Charlton, Ercall Wood and Blessed Robert Johnson.

Back in 1965 my school teacher inspired me to take up the sport, so there has been a nice symmetry in seeing young boys and girls catch the cricket bug at these school sessions. Many have gone on to become junior members at Wellington Cricket Club and other clubs in the area, which is a real source of pride for myself.

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