Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Si­mon Richard­son, of Boughton & East­well CC, is Kent’s 2017 win­ner of an Eng­land & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) award in the cat­e­gory of out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to coach­ing. He was the first mem­ber of his club to ob­tain an ECB coach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion in 2011 and, as well as coach­ing young play­ers ever since B&E’s thriv­ing ju­nior sec­tion was es­tab­lished, he has men­tored other coaches through their qual­i­fi­ca­tion process. Richard­son is also Boughton & East­well’s wel­fare of­fi­cer, mak­ing sure that the club’s young play­ers can en­joy their cricket in a safe and wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment. As a player, he has scored 10,000 runs for the club and is a mem­ber of the Kent over-60s squad, hav­ing played se­niors cricket for the county more than 40 times. Along with other ECB coach award win­ners, Richard­son re­ceived his cer­tifi­cate from for­mer Eng­land player Gra­ham Thorpe on the pitch in front of spec­ta­tors at The Oval dur­ing Eng­land’s one-day in­ter­na­tional against the West Indies on Septem­ber 27.

Boughton & East­well’s Si­mon Richard­son re­ceives his award from for­mer Eng­land player Gra­ham Thorpe at The Oval

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