Published: 13th November, 2017
As part of a new series of articles in which we look at the achievements of every winner of a 2017 OSCA (Outstanding Service to Cricket Award), we introduce Jon Albert – winner of the Outstanding Coaching Achievement Award.
Nominees in this category have an immediate impact on the development of players, display innovative and inspirational coaching methods which have significantly improved player performance and can design, implement and review forward thinking coaching programmes.
Jon works tirelessly at Ashtead CC to come up with innovative concepts and games to increase participation in the U8 age groups specifically.
Through his creation of Mini Crickets in 2010 he now coaches over 300 children weekly along with his work at Ashtead Cricket Club and Downsend School. Mini Crickets are fun, child friendly characters and games on offer in after school sessions at over 10 Surrey primary schools and offer holiday clubs also.
Jon has a unique manner with children which many parents have not seen elsewhere. He has inspired an endless number of children to fall in love with cricket and displays phenomenal hard work and dedication.
Presented their awards during a Surrey Cricket Foundation event at the Kia Oval on Sunday 13 August after a talk by Foundation Director and former England cricketer Paul Taylor, the winners then met current Surrey players Arun Harinath and Bryony Smith.
We’ll be giving a profile of all 10 OSCA winners throughout the next 10 weeks on kiaoval.com.