Rotary trophy presented to young cricketer

The Spirit of Cricket Award is presented to Ribble Valley Raiders' Luke Smalley, of Grindleton, by Ribblesdale Rotary President Dianne Ryan. (s)
The Spirit of Cricket Award is presented to Ribble Valley Raiders' Luke Smalley, of Grindleton, by Ribblesdale Rotary President Dianne Ryan. (s)
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A trophy in honour of a former Rotarian has been presented for the first time to the young cricketer who most exemplifies the true “Spirit of Cricket”.

The very first recipient, Luke Smalley from Grindleton, is pictured here being presented with the trophy by the Rotary Club of Ribblesdale President Dianne Ryan.

Farouk Hussain used to be a valued member of the Rotary Club of Ribblesdale and to mark his Rotary membership and the work he does as the founder of a young person’s cricket club in Clitheroe, the Ribblesdale Club not only made him an honorary member but also donated the true “Spirit of Cricket” trophy.

Farouk, who now coaches the hallowed game of cricket to boys and girls at Ribble Valley Raiders on Roefield playing fields in Low Moor, said: “I am delighted to help local children experience the positive physical, emotional and social benefits of the game.”

He and fellow ECB qualified coaches aim to encourage greater numbers of children to take up the sport.

Anyone between the ages of four and 18 who want to learn more about cricket at no cost should email: ribblevalleyraiders@aol.com

Those wanting to get involved or learn more about the Rotary can email: ribblesdale.rotary@outlook.com