Volunteer of the year

Southside youth cricket coach Steve Taylor has been awarded the accolade of Senior Volunteer of the Year by the Sports Council of Glasgow.

At a ceremony that took place in the city chambers last week, he received his award from councillor Archie Graham, chair of Glasgow Life.

A town planning consultant and inveterate fund-raiser, Steve had been nominated for the award as a result of his enthusiasm and determination to enable young people to get maximum benefit from the sport during an exceptionally wet summer. 

As well as designing and delivering two training sessions per week for Clydesdale Cricket Club’s U13 age group, he also managed the team on match days, teaming up with his son Owain, who captained the side to the top of the age-group league.

Having completed his UKCC2 coaching course, his commitment to the development of the club’s younger players also saw him captaining the senior 4th XI (known as the Bees) in the Western Union Saturday League, with a team that was often made up of seven or more U15 players.

Steve Tayloe also started a Clydesdale CC ‘satellite‘ club at Woodfarm high school - with the aim of introducing youngsters to cricket in a local authority area where, at present, there are no cricket clubs.

Councillor Graham noted that, in a year which focused on the contribution of volunteers to sport, there can have been few more deserving winners.