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Bromley volunteer recognised in Points of Light award

Friday 15th July 2016

Bromley cricket volunteer Paul Daniels was recognised for his work inspiring young people as he was presented with a Point of Light award by The Rt Hon Sir John Major at Lord’s.

Paul received the award on the Lord’s pitch during the lunch break on day two of the first Investec Test between England and Pakistan.

Paul was recognised as a Point of Light by former Prime Minister David Cameron on his last day in office. The award recognises outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community.

Paul, from Bromley, set up Young Leaders for Cricket in 2010 to give young people the skills to volunteer for their local cricket club and help grassroots cricket thrive.

He reinvigorated his home club with a ‘cricket for all’ ethos which has seen children as young as three take up the sport, a girls’ team be formed and a section for deaf children flourish. Paul then turned his attention to creating a programme which would ensure clubs had the volunteers they needed, while giving young people life skills.

Over 700 under 16s have taken part in Young Leaders for Cricket. As well as qualifications in coaching, umpiring, grounds work and first aid, participants gain problem-solving and social skills including building friendships and confidence.

Everyone going through the programme is required to volunteer for their local cricket club for at least 30 hours, with some giving up to 200. Young people have given an estimated 28,000 hours of service. The programme has partnered with CRY, raising £5,000 for the charity which combats cardiac risk in the young.

Paul is now working with the England and Wales Cricket Board to expand his programme for 16 – 18 year olds to give more young people the chance to become a ‘Young Leader for Cricket’.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron said:“Paul’s energy and passion is breathing new life into grass roots cricket and ensuring the game has the skilled volunteers it needs to continue to thrive. Young Leaders for Cricket is a fantastic initiative set to grow from strength to strength, throughout the country and across other sports. I’m pleased to name Paul a Point of Light.”

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major said:"I am delighted that David Cameron has brought The Points of Light Awards to the UK. Paul Daniels is the embodiment of what can be achieved with dedication and determination, and I warmly congratulate Paul and all the young leaders who have taken part in this impressive programme."

Paul Daniels said:“I have a passion for giving young people the opportunity to prove themselves in their communities and to realise their potential.

"I’m proud that Young Leaders in Cricket gives young people a place to channel the talent and drive, that many don’t realise they have, to become volunteers. Sport has an unparalleled power to inspire young people. I am pleased to be named a Point of Light for this exciting and rewarding work.”

ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison said:“Young Leaders for Cricket is a shining example of the power of cricket to make a positive difference in our communities.

"What Pauland his team of volunteers has achieved is extraordinary and we will continue to work with him to support and develop this inspirational programme.”