Instonians youth coach Steven Crothers was awarded with a Volunteers in Sport Award at Tuesday’s annual Federation of Irish Sport’s ceremony at Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park.
For the past 12 years, Crothers has played a significant role in the development of the youth section at Instonians, helping to bring through many first team members that have gone on to receive international or inter-provincial honours at a variety of levels.
The 2019 season was a special one for the youth section at Shaws Bridge, with the Under-15’s winning the Graham Cup and All-Ireland, the Under-13’s won both the Banoge Cup and All-Ireland title while the Under-11’s reached the All-Ireland final after winning their league and Quoile Cup.
Instonians haven’t been shy in giving opportunities to their young players in the first team, with Oliver Metcalfe opening the batting now for the past two seasons while the likes of James Hunter, James Metcalfe and Ben Rose are all established in the team.
Crothers has also worked in a variety of roles, and the award comes as just rewards for the hard work put in over the years.
“Steven has held roles including coaching, social media manager, youth convenor and regional coach for his club Instonians,” read the citation.
“He devotes a huge number of hours to coach cricket and nurture the upcoming youth talent at the club. He is passionate about boys and girls participating and enjoying the sport regardless of ability or experience.
“Steven coaches more than cricket, he teaches the kids life skills – confidence, resilience, being part of a team, trust. He is definitely a role model and encourages the kids to try new things, take risks, and engage in multiple sports.
“With Steven’s approach, he has developed great loyalty with the parents and this in turn has helped drive the family and community element of the club.”
Not resting on their laurels and success, Instonians will also have winter academies as noted by the Federation of Irish Sport.
“Steven has also set up a winter Cricket Academy at Under-11 and Under- 13 age groups, aimed at the Performance-level cricketers to further develop their skills, and we have record numbers on regional squads currently,” it continued.
“The winter sessions play a big part in this. Professional coaches and players have also been engaged by Steven to make this a fantastic experience.”