DST Cricket Legend Peter Todd Scoops Sky Sports Award

Local cricket legend Major (Retd) Peter Todd, has scooped a national Sky Sports Award for his ‘Outstanding Contribution’ to coaching cricket. Peter was nominated by the Yorkshire Cricket Board (YCB) after being awarded an Osca at the Yorkshire awards in 2011.

Peter is the Director of YCB Pathways Centre for Girls in East Yorkshire and the Chairman of the YCB East Yorkshire & Hull Women’s and Girls Cricket Development Group, and has given over 20 years of his time to coaching adults and children. It is due to Peter’s commitment that Beverley can now boast that the Lady Taverners U11’s & U13’s were Yorkshire Champions in 2011. Peter said “I was over the moon and honoured to be recognised by Sky Sports, and to be presented the award by Shane Warne in front of a Test Match crowd at Headingly was fantastic.”

Peter’s dedication to cricket has not only been recognised by Sky Sports, but also by the (DST) where Peter has worked for 19 years both in and out of uniform. The School has dedicated its Cricket Pavilion to him for his outstanding contribution towards Army cricket; as player, manager, coach, umpire, administrator and more recently as fundraiser. Over 10 years ago Peter set out to find funding to improve the very jaded pavilion and after overcoming many hurdles, Peter, with the help of the Regimental Quarter Master, Lt Col John Roskelly, and cricketers WO2 , WO2 Jim Carr and the DST Carpenter, Mr Jason Traynor, the Pavilion has been given a new lease of life.

The Pavilion was re-opened by the DST Commandant, Colonel Paul Ash, at the Annual Cricket match played between the Officers’ and Warrant Officers’ & Sergeants’ Messes.

Colonel Ash said “With typical humility and good humour Peter would only and very reluctantly accept being described as a legend if he could add ‘.. in his own lunchtime’.

However he has given significantly more to cricket both at Leconfield and across the Army than he’d admit to. The naming of our pavilion after Peter is a small, very well deserved and welcome recognition of his considerable and unwavering contribution to Service and local cricket.” Peter said “I am delighted with the finished product and really proud that the Pavilion has been re-named, ‘The Peter Todd Pavilion’, I would like to thank all those involved in the refurbishment, especially my line manager Lt Col Sean Glynn.

I am especially pleased that my two sons Richard and Robert saw me unveil the plaque at the start of the game, they have both represented the Army School of Mechanical Transport (ASMT) and DST in various civilian competitions and have learned a lot about senior cricket from the Army Players during their time with the team.”

In its 40 year history the Cricket Pavilion has not only been used as a home venue for the RAF, ASMT and DST but it has also been used by several local Beverley Teams and is fast becoming the pitch of choice for many military unit in the region.

Peter has managed the DST Cricket team since the early 90’s and has maintained an Army team in the local and Army Competitions throughout this period.

Peter acknowledged that his success and desire to promoted cricket in the local area would not have been possible without the assistance of many civilian and military coaches, funding from Sky, The National Lottery, YCB and the England & Wales Cricket Board and last but by no means least, his long suffering, lovely wife Linda.

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