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Samaranayake is rewarded for her coaching dedication
10:02am Friday 13th September 2013 in Sport
COLCHESTER & East Essex cricket coach Natalie Samaranayake has been recognised for her outstanding services to grassroots cricket.
Samaranayake, who only began coaching two years ago, has been praised by Sky Sports ECB Coach Education Programme’s Reward and Recognition scheme for her success in coaching girls and women within the game.
Colchester’s women’s team has attracted so many members through Samaranayake’s hard work that they are now in a position to join the Women’s National League South.
Samaranayake was presented with a special coaching certificate by Sky Sports cricket presenter and former West Indies player Michael Holding before the recent fifth Ashes Test Match between England and Australia, at the Oval.
Samaranayake said: “Without the funding from Sky Sports and the scheme I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have, it has all contributed hugely to the women’s game.”
Samaranayake began coaching as a volunteer with the Essex under-11 girls squad sessions, before taking over the Colchester women’s and girls sides.
Through her volunteering work in the Colchester area, Samaranayake helped to increase numbers to such an extent that last year girls’ sides were entered in all of the under-11, under-13 and under-15 county girl’s competitions.
The Sky Sports ECB Coach Education Programme’s Reward and Recognition scheme aims to identify cricket coaches across England and Wales who go above and beyond the call of duty to help grassroots cricket flourish.
For more information about Sky Sports ECB Coach Education Programme, visit the website www.ecb.co.uk/development/coach-education
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