Three Kent coaches are honoured for their loyal dedication

Tuesday 27th April 2010

Three men instrumental in the development of many talented Kent youngsters have been rewarded for their outstanding contribution and services to cricket coaching by Sky Sports.

Kent under 13 head coach, Ray Willis (pictured), has earned an Outstanding Coaching Achievement Len Sales, from Colfeian Girls“ Cricket Club, has earned due recognition for his Outstanding Contribution and Services to Cricket Coaching while Mike Bohndiek, from Blackheath Cricket Club, has been named Young Coach of the Year.

Ray, the father of Kent“s high performance director, Simon Willis, has been nominated by the cricketing community in Kent for his outstanding dedication and commitment to young cricketers. His exceptional coaching skills are evident in the improvement of individuals and the teams that he coaches. Ray builds excellent relationships with players, treating them all with respect and maturity. He has a fantastic sense of humour, energy and drive which helps to create a competitive and positive environment and often goes beyond the call of duty to help players within Kent.

Len has been nominated by the cricketing community in Kent for the hard work and dedication that he has demonstrated in developing Colfeian Girls“ Cricket Club. Starting six years ago with just a handful of girls, thanks to Len“s tireless efforts, there are now at least 50 regular participants at the club and the club can now field teams in every age ground from U10 to U15.

Mike, who is only 22 years-old, completed his Level 2 qualification in the winter of 2008 and threw himself into coaching at Blackheath, his local club. Taking responsibility for two age groups, U15 and U16, he singlehandedly coached, managed, organised and selected both teams as well as carrying out umpiring duties too. Both teams won their respective league titles in the North Kent Junior League, under the direction of Mike.

All three have been invited to the third nPower Test between England and Pakistan at the Brit Oval on Thursday, 19 August 2010. They will receive clothing, lunch and an on pitch presentation. They will also be put forward for a Regional and National Award.

Commenting on their national recognition, Kent Cricket Board“s Programmes Manager, Heidi Coleman, said: “I am delighted for Ray, Len and Mike. It is due recognition for the hours and hours they have given to the development of the game.

“They have all put so much into the establishment of quality coaching programmes in Kent, and they deserve the plaudits that they have received.”