Derby-based Chris Sheldon is among six cricket volunteers to receive the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours for services and dedication to cricket.
Sheldon (pictured above, right) has been volunteering with Derbyshire County Cricket Club for a number of years and is now a vital member of the matchday delivery team, having worked on ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup and Vitality Blast matches in Derby.
The county saw marked improvements in its matchday experience scores in 2019, compiled by the ECB and rated by ticket-buyers during home Vitality Blast matches, and Sheldon has been instrumental in its progress.
He has been involved in an array of areas from welcoming spectators with giveaways, to delivering matchday activations and providing broadcast support.
Since volunteering with Derbyshire, he has contributed to broadcast and media teams within various sports and during major events, including the ICC Cricket World Cup last summer. During the tournament, Sheldon completed 19 shifts across four venues and was widely recognised as an indispensable member of the team.
Media & Marketing Manager, Tom Skinner, said: “Chris has become an integral part of our matchday experience – he is often the first face supporters see at the gates and his positive attitude and knowledge of the ground mean visitors have a great first impression of the club.
“As one of the smaller counties, we rely on the help of volunteers such as Chris at The Pattonair County Ground and we’re delighted to see his dedication and commitment to cricket recognised with such an honour.”
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