The Namibia Cricket Board has once again been honoured by the International Cricket Council, after winning an award at the ICC Development Programme Annual Awards ceremony on April 13.
The NCB collected the UNAIDS award for their work in raising awareness about the fight against HIV-AIDS, as well as for their partnership with the Christina Swart Opperman AIDS Orphan Trust Foundation (CSOAOTF)
â??Our commitment to the fight against AIDS is an ongoing thing and we see it as part of our social responsibility to raise awareness of the pandemic,â? Laurie Pieters, president of the NCB told Namibia Sport.
The NCB recently hosted a cricket clinic in collaboration with the ICC and the CSOAOTF at which nine teachers received coaching certificates.
This was the third year in a row that the NCB had been honoured at the ICC Development Programme Annual Awards.
In 2005 the NCB was honoured for the best overall development programme, while Oshakati Cricket Club won the â??Spirit of Cricketâ? award. The NCBâ??s director of development, Jan Greyling, also won the African Volunteer of the Year award, while the NCB president, Pieters won a lifetime achievement award for services rendered to cricket.
In 2004, Pieters won the ICC Volunteer of the Year award.
The award winners at the 2005 ICC Development Program Annual Awards ceremony were as follows:
Best Overall Cricket Development Program: Uganda Cricket Association
Best Junior Cricket Initiative: PNG Cricket Board
Best Women's Cricket Initiative: Tanzanian Cricket Association
Best Cricket Promotional Program: Cricket Scotland/Lloyds TSB Scotland
Best Spirit of Cricket Initiative: Asian Cricket Sixes Tour - Phuket Thailand.
Photo of the Year: China Cricket Association
UNAIDS Award: Namibia Cricket Board
Volunteer of the Year: Richard Illingworth, Costa Rica
Lifetime Service Award: Dr. Harjit Singh, Malaysia, Ms. Norma Whitehorn