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Sports Students Scoops Volunteer of the Year Award

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A third year Sports Coaching & Development student has won an award for her commitment to cricket coaching.

Katie Blunt was named Young Volunteer of the Year at Worcestershire County Cricket Clubs Bill Jones Memorial Volunteer of the Year Awards, held in partnership with Worcestershire Coaches Association and Chance to Shine.

Katie will now travel to Lords Cricket Ground in London on Monday, October 22nd with all respective county winners to see who wins the national award.

The 20-year-old, from Pedmore, near Stourbridge, said: I was really happy to win this award but quite shocked. I have been playing cricket since I was about 13 and coaching for about five years now, having gained my level 2 coaching award.

Katie coaches at Oldswinford Cricket Club, where she has been responsible for establishing a disability cricket programme, and also coaches Worcestershire Under 11s.

The disability programme is the first of its kind for cricket in Worcestershire and Im really keen to expand it, she said.

Katie is also captain of Worcestershire Womens Cricket Club and plays for Pershore Ladies and occasionally for the mens team at Oldswinford.

I enjoy giving people the opportunity that I had to play and enjoy cricket, she said. I like to be able to give something back, after I got so much out of it.

Katie is hoping to work in disability sport when she completes her degree next year.