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Wood stunned by lifetime achievement gong
9:00am Saturday 14th September 2013 in Sport
FORMER Kidderminster Victoria cricket coach Rob Wood could not hide his surprise after being presented with the lifetime achievement accolade at the Worcestershire Cricket Board’s Bill Jones Memorial Volunteer Awards.
Wood, 59, spent 25 years nurturing burgeoning young talent in Wyre Forest at Victoria Carpets and then KVCC before putting down his coaching manual last year.
Many of those who started under his wing have gone onto play good quality senior cricket at KVCC, Worcestershire, other clubs and England, with his most famous student being Surrey wicketkeeper Steve Davies.
Despite a bout of meningitis impairing him down the left, he still managed to work his magic on countless generations in the area.
“I get letters from Worcestershire Cricket quite often and I just kept leaving the one about the awards on the mat before my wife opened it,” said Wood. “I have to admit being nominated and winning came as a surprise.
“I was never paid a penny for coaching but I would go home and think about how to do it better.”
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