A Bristol junior cricket team coach is celebrating after winning a community hero award.
Swinton Group launched a nationwide search as part of its diamond anniversary to find ten 'diamonds' who make a difference in their local communities.
Chris Kivell from Bristol has won the award for his dedication to coaching two junior cricket teams at Nailsea Cricket Club, spending four evenings a week of his spare time training, umpiring and setting up matches at the club.
The club has more than 50 junior cricketers and hosts training sessions during the week along with matches every weekend.
Speaking at the cheque presentation, which took place at Swinton’s Bedminster branch on Wednesday 6th September, Mr Kivell said: “The competition is a great way to celebrate the good work happening in local communities and the donation will make a huge difference to our club.
“We plan to use the money to buy new training equipment. This will make the sessions more fun for the juniors and will help to improve their skills at a faster rate, allowing them to get involved in match days. New equipment will also help us to attract new members to the club and will mean we’ll have enough pieces to go around for everyone.”
Andy Hunt, customer service manager at Swinton Group, said: “Chris’ commitment to his cricket teams is truly inspiring. The sessions at Nailsea Cricket Club are a great way for local children to get involved in team sports and improve their health and fitness.
“We designed our search for ‘Swinton Diamonds’ to celebrate local heroes like Chris. We hope this donation will help the great work of the club. Community spirit is incredibly important to us at Swinton, so this is our chance to give something back to those who go the extra mile.”
Swinton Group is donating to community organisations and charities up and down the country throughout September as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations.