Legendary cricket coach Jack Birkenshaw has won the lifetime achievement award at the 2010 UK Coaching Awards.
The 70-year-old was presented with the gong in a glittering ceremony at the Brewery in London last night.
Birkenshaw has been England women's Assistant Coach for the past two and a half years, during which time the side won the World Cup and World Twenty20 as well as retaining the Ashes.
The former England, Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Worcestershire all-rounder has been in the game for over 50 years as a player, coach and umpire.
His career coaching highlights also include winning the County Championship in 1996 and 1998 as Head Coach at Leicestershire.
Gordon Lord, Head of Elite Coach Development at the ECB was named Coach Educator of the Year. Lord has had a profound influence on shaping the overall development of the ECB coaching pathway.
Elsewhere, London Cricket coach Mike Bohndiek was named Young Coach of the Year for making a huge impact in the Tower Hamlets district of London.
Hugh Morris, ECB Managing Director - England Cricket said: "These awards are thoroughly well deserved and reflect the very significant contributions Gordon and Jack have made to our game. Gordon has been instrumental in developing our Level Four Coaching course and helped ECB become recognised as a world leader in cricket coach development. As well as improving the calibre of home-grown coaching at County level, our elite level courses play an important role in educating coaches right across the world game and the fact that currently the coaches of three Test playing nations (England, West Indies and Zimbabwe) are Level Four graduates is testament to the quality of our Coach Education programme.
"Jack Birkenshaw has given cricket outstanding service over many years as a player, coach and mentor, and his passion for the sport and ability to communicate that enthusiasm to his fellow professionals has been integral to his success. He can take draw great pride from winning such a prestigious award as this."
Clare Connor, Head of Women’s Cricket said: "Nobody could be more deserving of an award for a lifetime of achievement than Jack. Over the past fifty years, Jack has undertaken virtually every role within the game and has earned worldwide respect for his passion, dedication and for the wonderful humour with which he approaches cricket and life. All of us involved in the England women's set-up feel utterly privileged to have worked alongside Jack during his three years as Assistant Coach to the England team. England women have won two World Cups and twice retained the Ashes during that time and Jack should take much credit for those successes."
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