England women's cricket coach Mark Lane was named UK Coach of the Year at the UK Coaching Awards on Tuesday evening in London.
Lane also won High Performance Coach of the Year on a night of double success for the 41 year old at the UK Coaching Awards ceremony at London's Old Billingsgate. The awards cap a memorable year for Lane who in 2009 guided his team to the ICC World Cup and ICC World Twenty20 titles on top of defeating Australia 4-0 in the NatWest Series and a draw in the one-off Test to retain the Ashes.
Hugh Morris, managing director - England cricket, said: "I would like to congratulate Mark on his awards which are thoroughly deserved after an outstanding year for women's cricket in England and Wales. Mark has been working with the England women's team since April 2008 and his passion for the game and the hard work of all involved have helped the team achieve a huge amount in the last 18 months. This, coupled with the increased investment into women's cricket particularly in the last four years, has helped England become the dominant force in the game."
Clare Connor, ECB's head of England women's cricket, said: "Mark has played a key role in helping the England women's team develop into a truly world class side and he should be congratulated on a year of unprecedented success. I know that Mark, the rest of the management and the entire team are already focussed on 2010 and beyond and ensuring that the team maintains its position as the best in the world and continues to inspire girls to play the game. It is no coincidence that as our levels of investment in women's cricket have increased so have the performances of the national side and the number of girls playing the game and I hope we are able to continue to support them to allow these players the opportunity to fulfil their potential."
Cricket received a third accolade at the UK Coaching Awards, winning the Coaching Intervention of the Year Award. This was for "cricket's education offer" in the form of eight members of the England women's cricket team working as coaching ambassadors for the largest sports development initiative in this country: Chance to shine.
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