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PM awards Bromley man for volunteer cricket scheme

PUBLISHED: 11:53 15 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:53 15 July 2016

Paul Daniels set up a volunteer cricket scheme

Paul Daniels set up a volunteer cricket scheme

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He received a Points of Light award in recognition of his efforts

A Bromley man who set up a successful volunteer cricket scheme has been awarded by the prime minister for his work.

Paul Daniels established Young Leaders for Cricket in 2010 to give young people the skills to volunteer for their local cricket club and help the grassroots sport to thrive.

More than 700 under 16s have taken part in Paul’s programme, benefiting both their communities and themselves.

The scheme enables them to gain qualifications in coaching, umpiring, grounds work and first aid, as well as life skills such as problem-solving and social skill.

Participants in the scheme need to volunteer for their local cricket club for at least 30 hours, with some giving up to 200 hours.

An estimated 28,000 hours of service have been given by Young Leaders, and the scheme could be rolled out at a national level.

In recognition of his achievements, he was presented with a Points of Light award by outgoing prime minister David Cameron, as one of his last acts in office.

Mr Daniels joins several other Bromley residents to have been receive the award, including Polly Harrar, who founded the Sharan Project to help vulnerable women.

He said: “Sport has an unparalleled power to inspire young people. For the young people I work with that sport is cricket, but I strongly believe there is enormous potential to replicate this across numerous other sports.

“I am pleased to be named a Point of Light for this exciting and rewarding work.”

Former prime minister David Cameron commented: “Young Leaders for Cricket is a fantastic initiative set to grow from strength to strength, throughout the country and across other sports. I’m pleased to name Paul a Point of Light.”

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