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Former MCC Universities (MCCU) coach Richard Horner has been honoured for his work in nearly half a century of cricket coaching.
Horner, who retired as Head Coach of Leeds/Bradford MCCU in 2009 received the runner-up award for Outstanding Coaching Achievement in the Sky Sports ECBCA National Coaching Awards 2010.
Horner had already been named Yorkshire Cricket Board’s (YCB) winner in the category - which recognises coaches who have made "a significant difference in shaping the lives of cricketers".
Horner was presented with his runner-up award in front of 500 coaches by England batsman Jonathan Trott.
John Stephenson, Head of Cricket at MCC, who is responsible for the MCCU scheme said: "Richard has been - and continues to be - a wonderful servant to cricket and this recognition is richly deserved.
"The fact that Leeds/Bradford MCCU has gone from strength to strength to become one of the very best university sides in recent years is testament to both his skill and dedication. MCC send him our warmest congratulations."
Alongside his work with Leeds/Bradford MCCU - which he coached to top position in the 2009 MCC Universities Championship before losing out to Cardiff at the final at Lord’s - Horner is also a director of the YCB’s Pathways to Excellence coaching scheme.
The Huddersfield man was Leeds/Bradford MCCU Head Coach from 2003 to 2009, and still attends some net sessions to assist new Head Coach Andrew Lawson.
Horner may well have got out at the right time because Lawson, alongside 20 squad members and Team Manager Nick Davis, will be walking 20 miles on Sunday 28 February to raise money for their upcoming tour of South Africa.
The ‘Long Walk Back to the Pavilion’ will start at Leeds University’s home ground Weetwood and will take in the three other institutions in Leeds/Bradford MCCU - Leeds Metropolitan University, Bradford University and Bradford College - before returning back to Weetwood.
The squad will be touring South Africa - Lawson’s home country - from 11 March, and will play Hampshire in a 50 over and Twenty20 match as well as university and academy sides. They will also run coaching sessions in townships.