The chairman of a cricket club has won a national grassroots cricket award for his efforts developing a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere at the club.

Colwall Cricket Club member Kim Berry has been named the latest winner of the Voneus Village Cup Club Legend award.

Kim has been chairman for the last five years and grew up in a house right next door to the club’s ground.

He has worked hard to make the club a key part of the local community.

Kim said: “My heart is at Colwall. I’m fortunate that my wife is very tolerant and accepting that for five or six months of the year, cricket clubs form most of my life.

“Sometimes cricket clubs can stand aside a little bit from the community, so I wanted it to become a part of the community and I think we’ve nearly reached that.

“Saturday afternoon, the benches are full around the ground, and people are coming down and enjoying themselves. It brings joy to my heart.”

Kim’s family are deeply rooted in the history of Colwall CC.

His father George served as chairman and groundsman until his death in 1977 and his mother made teas for the players for 56 years while Kim and his two brothers, Adrian and Jonathan, have all captained the first XI.

James Wagstaff, the current first XI captain, nominated Kim for the award.

He said: “Kim, without a shadow of a doubt, deserves this recognition due to his commitment and hard work to get Colwall to where it is today.

“This would be a tremendous accolade to someone who has put everything into making the cricket club the centre of the village and the community.”

Head of community engagement for Voneus, Zoe Day, added: “Bringing rural communities together is one of our top priorities and Kim is a brilliant example of one of the many club members across the country who are passionate about making that happen through the lens of sport.

“Bringing together the village and surrounding areas by encouraging an open and inclusive atmosphere where anyone can feel welcome is just a testament to the wonderful work Kim has done promoting the sport in the region.”