Selston cricketer is top role model

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A SELSTON cricketer has been shortlisted for the Nottinghamshire Young People of the Year award after being described as a ‘fine role model’

Callum Loydall (15) has been nominated by Steve Newcombe, assistant head at Hucknall’s The National School for his ‘excellent attidude’ and his efforts with Selston Town Cricket Club.

Hardworking Callum, of Windsor Road, plays for the senior team at weekends and captains the U15 side.

He also volunteers each week to score and umpire league games during the summer in order to the support the U12 Kwik Cricket team.

Said Callum: “I warm the U12 team up before the game, help score and umpire so I feel I’m doing something useful.

“I like to encourage the youngsters. We do not win that many games, but we try our best.”

Club chairman Keiran Egan praised Callum for being so devoted to his sport.

He said: “With the U15s, Callum leads by example and encourages the younger players. He also gets involved in fundraising for the club.

“He’s as good as gold. I just wish I had another 10 of him.”

If successful, Callum is in lime for a £2,000 prize from event sponsors Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Chief Constable Julia Hodson said: “We are proud to sponsor this fifth YOPEY event and ensure that inspirational young people, like Callum, receive acknowledgement for their outstanding achievements.”

Chief Fire Officer Frank Swann added: “We are pleased to assist in making sure young people like Callum receive the recognition they deserve.”

Nottinghamshire was one of the first counties to host a YOPEY in 2007 and the contest has spread to 12 English counties and Scotland.

More than £120,000 has already been won by young people, aged 10-25 for their skills as a role model.