ICC Europe have selected Jersey's Lee Meloy as the Coach of the Year, while Gibraltar's Lizzie Ferrary has been awarded the Junior Coach of the Year, as a record number of nominations were received.
With over 4,000 qualified and active voluntary coaches supporting players in Europe, this year's awards were the most successful to date and were looking for coaching heroes who fulfilled a number of criteria, such as engaging new participants into cricket and working with and developing junior players.
Commenting on the achievement, Meloy said, "I am honoured and delighted to have won this award. I'm very grateful for all the support I have had from the Jersey Cricket Board for assisting me with gaining coaching qualifications and providing opportunities to coach at all levels thus gaining valuable experience. I'm looking forward to 2015 which promises to be another exciting year for Jersey cricket."
Neil MacRae further added that, "Lee has demonstrated his strong commitment to Jersey Cricket in 2014, working throughout our pathway from grassroots cricket on the Island, being Head Coach of our U15 side and forming part of our coaching team supporting our U17 and Senior sides. This award reflects Lee's work ethic and coaching skill during the year."
ICC Europe had a record number of nominations and it was a very tough choice, ICC Regional Development Officer, Chris Porter explains, "2014 has seen a significant increase in coach award nominations from countries. It is great to see that members in Europe are keen to promote coaches and highlight the essential work that they do. There is no doubt that coaches play a key role in supporting the growth and development of cricket.
"Coaching in Europe is still fairly new and over the years we have developed good partnerships with key organisations such as the England and Wales Cricket Board to deliver a quality education programme. We are looking forward to supporting members in Europe to develop their coaching pathway to help enhance their participation programmes for the future. I would like to thank all coaches who have been nominated for 2014; you play an important role in supporting the next generation of cricketers," said Porter.