By day he’s a commercial property guru knocking our opposition for six with deals that are helping to keep Shropshire at the centre of a thriving economic community - by night and at weekends he dons his whites and bowls youngsters over with enthusiasm for coaching his beloved cricket.
James Evans has been heavily involved in the All Stars Cricket Programme in Shropshire, a nationwide scheme developed by the English Cricket Board and its elite coaching development team with a view to inspiring five to eight-year-olds to take up the sport.
The programme has just completed its second year in Shropshire and Church Stretton All Stars was one of five clubs in the county to be recognised for its efforts over the past 12 months - with each picking up an award at the Annual Cricket Shropshire Awards held at the Whitehouse Hotel in Telford.
James picked up the award on the night and we are delighted he and the club have been recognised in this way. Church Stretton had an amazing 37 youngsters taking part in the All Stars scheme this year - Owzat! for an achievement?
This year in Shropshire there have been 770 recognised All Stars at 34 centres across the county. This is a significant increase on the first year of the programme. The other four clubs recognised for their efforts on awards night were Bridgnorth, Alberbury, Iscoyd & Fenns Bank and Cae Glas.
Church Stretton got involved in the scheme after deciding they needed to do something to get youngsters interested in Cricket and ensure players coming through to represent the club for future generations.
The club has always been proactive in the community but had seen problems with children transitioning to playing for them. The success of the All Stars Programme has really given the sport a huge boost in Church Stretton.
James loves his cricket and really enjoys helping the children through the All Stars Programme. It’s obviously a job well done and one we are proud to share with you.
For more information about the programme, visit http://www.shropshirecricketboard.co.uk/news/all-stars-clubs-receive-awards-24912/
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