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Jonathan Trott says English cricket is in good hands at Sky Sports ECB Coach of the Year Awards

Jonathan Trott with, from left to right, Mike Smith, Andy Wagner and Chris Rogers

Jonathan Trott chats to Sky Sports presenter Charles Colvile at the awards

Batsman Jonathan Trott said the future of English cricket is in good hands as he presented this year's Sky Sports ECB Coach of the Year Awards.

"This proves that we have a great foundation of coaches to help build the next generation of players. If these coaches continue to work in the game, our youngsters are in a great position."

Jonathan Trott

Trott, 31, was guest of honour at the ceremony, held at the University of Warwick, organised as part of the Sky Sports ECB Coach Education programme to recognise outstanding services to grassroots cricket.

Nominees for the three award categories were selected by their county development managers and consisted of all levels of coaching abilities and age ranges - from local club junior coaches, to district coaches and Head County coaches.

The winners are:

Sky Sports ECB Young Coach of the Year: Chris Rogers, of Whitchurch CC, for initating a new coaching programme in Shropshire | READ CHRIS' STORY

Sky Sports ECB Coach of the Year: Andrew Wagner, a head coach at Radley College for 30 years | READ ANDREW'S STORY

Sky Sports ECB Outstanding Contribution: Mike Smith, who coaches at Blagdon CC, and has been involved in grassroots cricket for over 45 years | READ MIKE'S STORY

After receiving his award, Rogers said: "It was great to have been nominated for the award, let alone to win it.

"To be recognised and rewarded by Sky Sports and the ECB for doing something that I love is incredible.

"This has been a dream come true and I have had a fantastic night chatting to Charles Colville and Jonathan Trott about the work I have been doing with the Shropshire Cricket Board. I can't wait to continue my coaching journey this year."

Reflecting on the ceremony, Trott added: "Every coach here is a true ambassador for cricket in England and Wales and it was great to meet them all and hear about the difference that they have made in their respective counties.

"This proves that we have a great foundation of coaches to help build the next generation of players. If these coaches continue to work in the game, our youngsters are in a great position."

In October 2006, Sky Sports and the ECB teamed up to launch the Sky Sports ECB Coach Education Programme, a scheme designed to equip coaches with the necessary skills to deliver high quality coaching programmes at all levels of the game.

The programme enables coaches to plot their training to suit themselves. Anyone who has played cricket at grass roots levels knows the value of coaching. Good coaches are vital to ensure as many amateur cricketers across England and Wales enjoy cricket, irrespective of where they play the game and to what level.

For more information about Sky Sports ECB Coach Education Programme, visit www.skysports.com/coaching.