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24 Nov

BOCA Confirms it: the Yorkies are the Best!

Yesterday, counties gathered at Lords for the Business of Cricket Awards, to celebrate the 2017 season and its successes.

Yorkshire CCC and Yorkshire Cricket Foundation staff went along to the event, claiming two awards: Best International Campaign and Volunteer Development.

As Yorkshire CCC’s charity arm, the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation heads up the volunteer programme, this includes volunteering at charity events across the year, as well as international and domestic matches here at Emerald Headingley.

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation Volunteer Programme, the Yorkies, began in 2015 and has flourished ever since. With returning Yorkies coming back each year, the diverse group incorporates people from all walks of life. Plans are in place to enhance and develop the existing programme ready for 2018. These plans include implementing a thorough work experience and placement programme, to enable people to learn new sills and take on their own projects, in addition to our already well formed major match day support team and charity event volunteers.

“Off the back of what has been a successful 3 years of running the Yorkies Programme, we are now widening our Volunteer Programme to include professional placements working with Yorkshire based universities, longer term placements on a project specific basis and looking at increasing the number of roles for Yorkies, as Major Match Day Support Team. It’s important we recognise the importance of providing voluntary opportunities to increase individual and social development and make a lasting impact on communities.” – Beth Cook, Health and Wellbeing Manager

Yorkshire have been providing placements for a number of years, with many of those undertaking placements going on to take up full time roles in various departments across Yorkshire CCC. With a new volunteer programme in place, this will continue to help give people the skills and experience they need.

“I took part in a professional placement with the YCF in 2015, as an assistant projects officer, whilst studying at Leeds Beckett University. I got straight into it and worked on a number of projects, gaining a wealth of experience and skills. Following my internship, I worked part time at the Foundation whilst finishing my degree, working in an area I was really keen to get more experience in and was then offered a full time role after graduating. I would advise anyone studying to take advantage of opportunities like this, volunteering with the YCF was definitely one of the best things I did at University and I’m extremely grateful for opportunities and support which has come my way as a result of it and I know this is the case for a lot of other staff here at Yorkshire CCC ” – Charlotte Jones, Marketing and PR Officer, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation

The new volunteer programme will also highly benefit students at the Yorkshire Cricket College who will gain experience in areas such as media, commercial, charity and groundman ship.

Upon receiving the award, Will Saville, Head of the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation commented:

“We’re extremely proud to have received this award. Not only is the volunteer programme a success in itself but it’s also a perfect example of how closely we work with those taking on voluntary placements. Since the Yorkies began in 2015, each year it has been run by volunteers, who have worked hard at bettering the programme each season. There is a lot of effort that goes into running a volunteer programme, from admin, operations, health and safety and implementing good leadership and these are skills that our placement students have gained whilst working with us. It’s something that definitely stands out on their C.V”

To find out more about our Volunteer Programme, contact Beth.Cook@yorkshireccc.com.

The next college open evening is on Thursday 15th February at Emerald Headingley Stadium. To find out more information, contact Nick.Robinson@yorkshireccc.com or to register Click Here

Picture courtesy of Graham Lee Photography.

Pictured from left to right: Tom Johnson, Head of Business Support ECB. Will Saville, Head of the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, Mark Chapman, BBC Sports Presenter

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