Rebecca in the awards

Rebecca Ayton.

Rebecca Ayton.

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TYNEMOUTH Cricket Club’s club development manager Rebecca Ayton is celebrating a double honour.

Ayton won the prestigious Northumbria Justice Award presented at Newcastle Moot Hall to recognise outstanding achievement by staff and volunteers across the Criminal Justice System, charitable and community groups.

Her award was for her work with children in schools teaching empathy in sport, reducing conflict and anti-social behaviour.

It is the latest award to come her way for the pioneering work she has been doing using cricket to address social issues.

Last year she was presented with the national MCC Spirit of Cricket Award at a ceremony at Lord’s.

The award was presented by the Northumbria police and crime commissioner Vera Baird QC, the former solicitor general in the last Labour government.

“I am delighted that Rebecca’s hard work, dedication and commitment to the local community has been recognised at the award ceremony,” she said.

“The work Rebecca is doing in school is clearly making a difference, and is appreciated by the children and their parents.

“I offer my warmest congratulations to Rebecca and look forward to seeing the work she does first hand soon.”

Ayton has also been appointed as coach to the England Deaf team having assisted local coach Blyth Duncan over the last year.

She has been studying British Sign Language qualifications as part of her efforts to support the role.