Cricket Club’s Dave Gillespie has won the 2012 NZC Service to Cricket Award at the
NZC Development Awards.
The awards recognise the excellent contributions that schools and clubs
as well as volunteers, coaches, teachers and club personnel make towards the
development of the game.
This is the sixth year the NZC National Development Awards have been celebrated
with the five categories being Best Junior Cricket Initiative, Best Youth
Cricket Initiative, Best Club Cricket Initiative, Best Women’s Cricket
Initiative and the Service to Cricket Award.
NZC National Development Manager, Mark Lane, said the awards highlight the
significant contribution that club members and volunteers make towards
developing and growing cricket in this country.
“The Development Awards are a wonderful honour for all
those who work tirelessly to promote our national summer sport,” said Lane.
depend greatly on the work of those, who tirelessly give up their time and
energy, to sustain and develop the game at the grassroots level”.
“These awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the positive impact a number of
volunteers have had at grassroots level.”
Gillespie has been on the Taita Cricket Club Committee since 1997, during this
time he has held almost every position in the Club, Chairman, Club Captain,
acted as Treasurer and Secretary and his contribution to the club was
recognised in 2008 as a life member.
Cricket Club is based at Fraser Park, the local community is lower
socio-economic with a large percentage of Polynesian ethnicity. Taita has
always found this a challenge in getting a junior section as finding children
and parents that will commit to the time required to play cricket, the expense
of getting the players to the game and organising the team and retaining the
interest has proved to be difficult.
Dave Gillespie has been the integral part of having the coaching that Taita has
completed in St Michael’s school in Pomare and Avalon Intermediate. He has put
many hours into closing the gap that has been missing in Taita’s development
programme. He organised the grant application, subsequent funding that was
necessary to have the coaching completed, to fund the NZC Have-a-Go cricket
programme at a cost of $1 per student. In this lower economic area this has
been crucial in having these students introduced, participate in the training
and most recently play inter school games.
He organised and co-ordinated the coaches required, filled in for those coaches
when they could not meet their coaching commitments and undertook full liaison with
the schools. This included the pre-meeting, progress reporting during the
programme and then subsequently a debrief with these schools. I have attached a
letter of gratitude from St Michaels which is a credit to Dave and his
commitment to ensuring this programme was successful.
Both of those schools have already expressed an interest in again participating
in Have a Go cricket in the 2012/13 season. The work that Taita Cricket has
completed in the local lower socio-economic area of Taita/Pomare has recently
been recognised by the National Bank as Taita Cricket was the recipient of a
$5,000 grant from there New Zealand Cricket programme to continue with the
development of cricket in this area.
Additionally Dave has been involved with having Taita having two colts teams
entered in the recently completed Sunday competition again being the key
liaison between the club and these teams. He has been
the club contact and
organiser of umpires and facilities for the Wanderers Schools 20/20 competition
completed at Fraser Park in December 2011.
On top of this he has also been the Coach of the Club’s Hazlett side for the
past three seasons, having previously coached the clubs Pearce Cup team for
three seasons. When David Little was unexpectedly unavailable to fulfil his
role as the Clubs Pearce Cup coach in early January Dave had no issue in
stepping into the void, organising the practices for both teams and juggling
the required coaching duties.
Dave co-ordinates the Club’s pre-season training, complete the necessary
funding applications, books the indoor facilities at TMP, and assists in
running the trainings and liaising with the existing and new players. At the
beginning of the season he has undertaken a stock take and review of the clubs
cricket gear, organised the funding application for the necessary gear and
balls for the season and then ensures that the teams have gear bags ready to go
for the season.
On top of all this Dave also contributes to the committee with his drive and
enthusiasm for Taita cricket but more importantly Cricket as a Sport. On
training nights and Saturdays you will often find Dave unlocking the clubrooms,
ensuring that everything is ready for the players, working on the bar and then
being the last to leave. When the clubs 20/20 Legends cricket side is short
Dave also is seen rolling his arm over to ensure that 11 players are on the
His contribution to Taita cricket is immense and his commitment to getting
cricket into the local community has been immeasurable, a programme that other
schools have already expressed an interest in joining.