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The NatWest OSCAs are a national reward and recognition scheme to support grass roots cricket and the vast army of volunteers who ensure that cricket can be enjoyed by so many at all levels, with the overall aim of rewarding the contribution that these volunteers make to the game.

Each year we ask our clubs and organisations to nominate worthy volunteers for an OSCA, so that we can say ‘thank you’ to them for all their hard work.

These awards are a fantastic opportunity for you to nominate and recognise the volunteers who make cricket possible at your club.

The summer of 2020 has been like no other and the 2020 NatWest OSCAs will aim to reflect the achievements and efforts of the cricket community in their work off the field.  We welcome nominations for volunteers from the traditional cricketing environments (Clubs, Leagues, and Boards) but in addition to this, we would like to recognise volunteers from emerging environments such as Higher and Further Education, Community Programmes, Workplaces and Recreational Park Leagues.

This year the OSCAs will be held as a virtual event which is currently at the planning stage with the ECB.

All nominations must be submitted to the Somerset Cricket Board by 5.00pm on Tuesday 8th September

We will then work through the nominations and submit our nominations for each category to the ECB.
The ECB will send invites to nominees electronically this year, so please ensure there is an e-mail address on the nomination form.
The Somerset Cricket Board is planning to recognise all nominees at an event in 2021.

Nominate your unsung heroes today…

The main NatWest OSCAs nomination categories for 2020 will be:

  • Connecting Communities
  • Pro-Active Leadership within the Cricket Community
  • The #raisethebat award

Further details about each category can be found below:

Connecting Communities

This award is designed to highlight a club, league or community organisation that has supported the members of their community through inspirational methods.  Through a diverse range of measures throughout COVID-19 to ensure cricket has played its part in looking after the local community.  Innovation and pushing the boundaries are to be rewarded here and we want to recognise the important role played by club, group of people or organisation.

Pro-Active Leadership within the Cricket Community

This award is designed to highlight and show the essential contribution that proactive leadership can make within the Club, Leagues, Officiating, Community or County Organisation’s.  We want to recognise those individuals who are providing vision and direction in supporting their local community and highlighting the role cricket plays within that community.

The #raisethebat Award

The #raisethebat Award is your opportunity to put forward an outstanding individual, be they a key worker or someone who has gone over and above during this period of COVID-19. Individuals are also able to nominate themselves.

How to nominate

Please use the link below to download the form and email them to Andy Fairbairn on andy.fairbairn@somersetcricketboard.org

Please ensure that your nomination matches the criteria for that category and that you have an accurate email address for the nominee.

All nominations must be submitted to the Somerset Cricket Board by 5.00pm on Tuesday 8th September, after which time we will work through the nominations and submit our nominations for each category to the ECB.

OSCAs-Nomination-Form

Whilst the criteria differ within each category, a minimum standard that all of the nominations must show is as follows:

  • Evidence in the nomination form of the criteria having been achieved
  • Evidence that the person has had a positive and sustainable impact on their club/organisation/association and wider community
  • A demonstration of the volunteer going ‘beyond the call of duty’ and exceeding expectations for the good of the club/organisation/game of cricket and wider community
  • Evidence that the actions of the volunteer have aided the wider community
  • An on-going commitment to the club/organisation/association and its members