CRICKET coaches Ian Stokes and Bob Walpole from Solihull have been recognised for outstanding services to grassroots cricket by former England captain, Nasser Hussein, who presented them with a special coaching certificate during the third Investec Test Match against West Indies at Edgbaston on Friday.
Both coaches had been given the opportunity to attend the Test Match as part of the Sky Sports ECB Coach Education programme.
Thirteen coaches met Hussein at the Indoor Cricket School at Edgbaston, all being acknowledged by the programme’s ‘Reward and Recognition’ scheme.
Ian has been the Solihull U15 district coach for 13 years. He is the head youth coach at Moseley CC and has seen several players move through the ranks into the professional game, most notably Richard Johnson and Tom Milnes. Ian also sits on the Solihull district cricket board.
Bob has been coaching for 25 years and has always coached at club/school/community level. During this time he has developed players at his home club of Five Ways CC and introduced hundreds to the game in inner city Birmingham. He is also the manager for the Warwickshire U15 Girls Team.