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Cricket coaching duo honoured for grassroots’ duties
9:36am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
CRICKET coaches Graham Tipping and Alec Backhouse have been honoured for outstanding service to the grassroots game.
West Indies bowling legend Michael Holding presented special coaching certificates to Tipping, of Stamford Bridge, and York-based Backhouse at Headingley.
Tipping and Backhouse were among 15 coaches recognised as part of the Sky Sports ECB Coach Education programme’s ‘Reward and Recognition’ scheme.
Tipping has been a leading Yorkshire Cricket Board coach education tutor under the programme, tutoring courses at all levels around the county.
His work and efforts have been largely responsible for a large increase in coach education activity, especially in North and East Yorkshire.
Tipping said: “As a tutor on the programme, I have learned a lot from new coaches and their coaching styles.
“It is absolutely brilliant to be recognised. It is a total shock, outstanding and I am very lucky. It has meant a lot to be nominated and the scheme has been very good to me.”
Backhouse, who enjoyed a distinguished playing career with York Cricket Club, has had a long teaching career.
He has been one of the key coaches in the Yorkshire Pathways to Excellence scheme for more than 25 years.
At the county’s gold and silver centres, Backhouse has been a key batting coach, mentoring and developing many talented young players.
He is also the director of the York bronze centre, which is a model for others to follow.
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