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Award joy for volunteer Jones

14:00 27 February 2014

Mike Jones

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Havering resident acknowledged for work with Essex Redbacks

Havering’s Michael Jones was named Baseball Softball UK’s Volunteer of the Year for his work with Essex Redbacks.

The 25-year-old, who plays cricket for Upminster, was nominated by regional development officer Liz Knight for his efforts in promoting and publicising the sport, having helped form a softball programme in addition to the club’s baseball set-up.

He said: “It’s an honour to receive this award and have national recognition for the work that we do at the club.

“We have always wanted to obtain excellence at all levels, from the way we play on the field to the way our club members and volunteers help spur on success off of it.

“I would not have been able to win this award if it hadn’t been for the fantastic work that the other volunteers, players and club members contribute, as my job primarily involves communicating these efforts to the wider communities.

“I’d like to thank everyone for all their efforts and support, as working with such dedicated people makes volunteering with the Redbacks, and the British baseball and softball communities, really enjoyable and exciting.”

Jones monitors the club’s social media and produces a monthly newsletter and earned praise from chairman Vince Warner, who said: “It’s another fantastic achievement for the club and it is great to see that our work off the field is looked upon as favourably as the successes and performances on it.

“It’s excellent to have young volunteers like Mike coming through and encouraging the next generation of leaders from the club to get involved and create a legacy for baseball and softball here in Essex.”

It was the second time in two years that a member of the club’s volunteer corps had picked up a national accolade, following Michael Crabb’s 2012 success for helping coach the Under-14 team.

n Spring training matches are due to take place next month, with other friendlies lined up, as Redbacks look for more recruits.

Senior training takes place at Chelmer Valley High School on Friday (8-10pm) for players aged 16 and over, while junior training starts at James Hornsby School in Laindon on Sunday (2-4pm).

For more information contact club secretary Sean Briscomb at sean@essexredbacks.com or visit essexredbacks.com or @essexredbacks on Twitter.

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