A CRICKET club has become the first in Shropshire to receive the Queen’s Award for Volunteering (QAVS).

Knockin and Kinnerley announced today that they will receive the prestigious award – better known as the MBE for volunteer groups – following the dedication of those who ensure it runs not only four teams in the Shropshire Cricket League, but also a string of junior teams, plus cricket coaching.

Stuart Dix, from the club, said they believe they are only the fourth cricket club in the country to be named a recipient of the award.
The efforts of volunteers has seen membership grow by 240 per cent since 2010, while individuals get involved with coaching the juniors, maintaining the Nursery Ground and its pavilion, and now focused on establishing a women’s team.

The award will be presented to the club in the near future by Lord Algernon Heber-Percy, the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, along with a certificate signed by the Queen.

The club will also be allowed to use the official QAVS logo on its communications, sportswear and signage.The award was created in 2002 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.