Anston Cricket Club’s Alan Vollans, has been recognised in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honors List and has been awarded the British Empire Medal. The award is in recognition for his dedicated voluntary service to cricket and the community in the South Yorkshire & Nottinghamshire regions. Alan has given unstinting service to his beloved Anston Cricket Club for over 40 years.
He is currently the Club President and during this time he has undertaken many roles including Team Captain (he instigated the 4th XI), groundsman, Chairman of various committees and Club Coach and was instrumental in forming a Women’s team, which is now 25 years old.
As well as putting many hours in to coaching the juniors at Anston, he has worked tirelessly within local schools, including the Chance to Shine Scheme delivery, to encourage children to take up cricket. He was also instrumental in setting up the Yorkshire Over 50s county cricket team nearly 30 years ago. He was awarded the National Volunteer Award in 2008 for his services to Yorkshire Cricket and indeed ECB and was also a recipient of the ICC medal for services to cricket in 2006.
His achievements were carried out in the face of potentially life-threatening illnesses which also inspired him, along with his family, to raise thousands of pounds for Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation.
Andrew Watson (Executive Director YCB) said “…On behalf of everyone at Yorkshire Cricket we wish to congratulate him on this well deserved award and it is an absolute privilege and pleasure to work alongside him. The honor is so richly deserved. Indeed, it reflects an understanding at the highest level that the work which all volunteers undertake provides so much for so many and is essential to the health of recreational cricket…”