ECB Media Release
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Birkenshaw Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Legendary cricket coach Jack Birkenshaw has won the lifetime
achievement award at the 2010 UK Coaching Awards.
The 70-year-old was presented with the gong in a glittering ceremony at
the Brewery in London last night.
Birkenshaw has been England women's Assistant Coach for the past two and
a half years, during which time the side won the World Cup and World
Twenty20 as well as retaining the Ashes.
The former England, Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Worcestershire
all-rounder has been in the game for over 50 years as a player, coach
His career coaching highlights also include winning the County
Championship in 1996 and 1998 as Head Coach at Leicestershire.
Gordon Lord, Head of Elite Coach Development at the ECB was named Coach
Educator of the Year. Lord has had a profound influence on shaping the
overall development of the ECB coaching pathway.
Elsewhere, London Cricket coach Mike Bohndiek was named Young Coach of
the Year for making a huge impact in the Tower Hamlets district of
Hugh Morris, ECB Managing Director - England Cricket said: "These awards
are thoroughly well deserved and reflect the very significant
contributions Gordon and Jack have made to our game. Gordon has been
instrumental in developing our Level Four Coaching course and helped ECB
become recognised as a world leader in cricket coach development. As
well as improving the calibre of home-grown coaching at County level,
our elite level courses play an important role in educating coaches
right across the world game and the fact that currently the coaches of
three Test playing nations (England, West Indies and Zimbabwe) are Level
Four graduates is testament to the quality of our Coach Education
"Jack Birkenshaw has given cricket outstanding service over many years
as a player, coach and mentor, and his passion for the sport and ability
to communicate that enthusiasm to his fellow professionals has been
integral to his success. He can take draw great pride from winning such
a prestigious award as this."
Clare Connor, Head of Women’s Cricket said: "Nobody could be more
deserving of an award for a lifetime of achievement than Jack. Over the
past fifty years, Jack has undertaken virtually every role within the
game and has earned worldwide respect for his passion, dedication and
for the wonderful humour with which he approaches cricket and life. All
of us involved in the England women's set-up feel utterly privileged to
have worked alongside Jack during his three years as Assistant Coach to
the England team. England women have won two World Cups and twice
retained the Ashes during that time and Jack should take much credit for
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