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NEWS BEM for Alan


Long-serving cricket stalwart Alan Vollans has been awarded the British Empire Medal


Dedicated cricket man Alan Vollans has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the game and the local community.


Alan, aged 80, has served Anston Cricket Club for forty years as a player, groundsman and then as a coach, setting up a junior team which provided the seed for the growth of a junior section which now attracts more than 150 children a week.


“I got quite a shock when I heard the news because I didn’t know I was in line for this sort of thing, but obviously I’m pleased and proud,” said Alan. “The response has been phenomenal.”


The dedicated servant joined Anston CC as a senior player in 1979 at a time when there were only two men’s teams playing competitive cricket, plus a Sunday friendly side.


Out of a will to see a junior team, Alan started coaching a small group of young boys and formed a team which entered the local junior league.


With the success of the U11s team he continued with other age groups (U9s and U15s).


He got trained to ensure the highest possible standard of safeguarding and became child welfare officer for the Bassetlaw and District Cricket League.


As a result of this, Anston CC went through the England and Wales Cricket Board Clubmark Accreditation.


Alan works with local primary schools and arranges sports sessions and events. He is a coach for softball cricket in primary schools under the England and Wales Cricket Board's ‘Chance to Shine’ programme.


Working with schools in the Dinnington and


Anston area, he enables all eight junior schools to be able to provide cricket sessions and all schools soon entered the Boys Kwik Cricket competition.


Alan, Anston CC’s president, also set up and played for the Yorkshire Over-50s team, the side eventually spawning two Over-60s teams in the county and now an Over-70s team in tandem with Lincolnshire.


The award also comes in the year Anston CC celebrates its centenary and the 25th anniversary of its ladies hardball cricket team.


NFL debuts at White Hart Lane


NFL makes its debut at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium


The NFL made its debut at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in July when 150 teenagers took part in NFL Academy: Stadium Showcase, the final tryout for selection in the first intake of the landmark NFL Academy.


The hotly-contested trials marked the first-ever NFL event at the spectacular new stadium, which will host its first two NFL London Games later this year when the Chicago Bears face the Oakland Raiders and the Carolina Panthers take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


The trialists were put through a series of NFL Combine-style drills under the scrutiny of NFL Academy Head Coach, Tony Allen, and NFL UK Head of Player Development, Will Bryce. Also scouting the talent were NFL Academy ambassadors, including Pittsburgh Steelers superstar wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster, Carolina Panthers’ London-raised defensive end Efe Obada and two-time Super Bowl winner Osi Umenyiora and his BBC TV colleague Jason Bell.


The NFL Academy, the first of its kind outside of the US, will be based at Barnet and Southgate College and will give student athletes, aged 16-18, the life-changing opportunity to combine education with life skills and intensive training in the sport under full-time professional coaches. The Academy


6 PC August/September 2019 will begin operations in September 2019.


Students will not only be given pathways into employment and further education, but even the opportunity to play NCAA college football in the United States.


Alistair Kirkwood, NFL UK Managing Director, said: “It's been fantastic seeing these young aspiring athletes represent the NFL in its first- ever event at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. I’m very excited to watch the


successful applicants grow and develop from September onwards.”


Smith-Schuster added: “I’ve really enjoyed taking part in the trials and being able to speak to the students. I've been very impressed with the athleticism and talent on display. It’s amazing to see the passion for American football here and to be a part of helping the sport change people’s lives. And what an incredible venue for NFL games.”


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