The BJMT Awards Panel met on 17 April 2018 at the Lord’s Taverners offices in London to make the annual Brian Johnston Scholarship Awards. A total of more than £40,000 was given in scholarships, grants and awards to help promising young cricketers to fulfil their sporting potential. Once again we are grateful for the generosity and support of all our Johnners Club members, who have enabled us to make these awards.
(1) ECB Recommended Scholars.
On the recommendation of the ECB Performance Department, Brian Johnston Cricket Scholarships totalling more than £18,000 were awarded to the following young cricketers to assist them with travelling expenses so that they can attend their coaching and training sessions:
(2) Blind Cricket.
The Brian Johnston Memorial Trust is proud to continue its support of cricket for the visually impaired and a grant of £8,850 was awarded to Blind Cricket England and Wales towards the cost of funding their ninth annual development weekend at the University of Leicester in September 2018, designed to introduce players and teams from around the country to blind cricket.
An additional grant of £8,270 was awarded to fund the UK Women and Girls VI Programme that offers blind and visually impaired school girls throughout the country the opportunity to learn about the game and participate in out-of-school cricket sessions in Berkshire, Worcestershire and Yorkshire. This includes funding towards a Development Tour of a Women and Girls blind and visually impaired cricket team to Barbados.
(3) BJMT Elite Spin Bowling Programme.
The Brian Johnston Memorial Trust has also agreed to one final year of sponsorship for the BJMT Elite Spin Bowling Programme in association with the ECB. All eighteen of the first-class Counties and UCCEs are now participating in this programme that aims to encourage and develop the art of spin bowling in England and Wales by providing funds for additional coaching at Academy level.