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The MCC Spirit of Cricket award was presented to grassroots coach Andy O’Connor at the Chance to Shine Brit Insurance Annual Achievement Awards at Lord’s.
Old Northamptonians coach O’Connor received the national award from MCC Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw at a glittering Long Room ceremony attended by England stars Paul Collingwood and Jonathan Trott.
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'Play Hard, Play Fair'
The MCC sponsored award recognises an individual who has promoted the MCC Spirit of Cricket message to a high standard as part of Chance to Shine school sessions.
O’Connor, working in schools associated with Old Northamptonians, has promoted the MCC Spirit of Cricket ‘Play Hard, Play Fair’ message with enthusiasm and success.
The award judges were also impressed by O’Connor’s technique of tailoring his sessions to each individual child’s abilities and interest levels, in order to promote the message.
O'Connor said:"I’m absolutely honoured to win the award.
"If anyone had told me that I’d be in the Long Room at Lord’s in October when I’d only just started coaching Chance to Shine in April - it’s absolutely incredible.
"I’ve had a fantastic time working with the children on the Chance to Shine programme and teaching children about the MCC Spirit of Cricket.
"I’ve worked with some great kids, some great teachers and I think their enthusiasm rubbed off on me and my enthusiasm off on them. I loved doing it."