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Robbie Nellies -  Recognised on New Years Honours List.

Robbie Nellies - Recognised on New Years Honours List.

Paul Watson31 Dec 2023 - 16:01
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Mr. 'Falkland Cricket Club' recognised with a British Empire Medal.

Robert Thomson Nellies. President, Falkland Cricket Club. Awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours list in recognition for services to Cricket and to the community in Fife.

An outstanding achievement for someone who has given, and continues to give, so much to our club and our community.

Well done Mr President.

Robbie's involvement with Falkland CC is (life) longstanding, spans decades, and has included holding various posts over that period. At 64 years old he’s still fit enough to play the occasional game when called upon.
Since taking early retirement from Bank of Scotland in 2011, Robbie has devoted himself to Falkland Cricket Club, and for many of the years since has held joint roles as President and Junior Convenor. During that period he has been the figurehead that has seen the club go from strength to strength and become the most established and biggest club in the area. He has overseen coaching in many local schools that has seen the club introduce (to the game), develop, and grow a very steady flow of children who have gone on to play Senior cricket not just for Falkland but other clubs in the area, and some of his proudest moments has been to see a number of those homegrown talents go on to represent Scotland at various levels. This includes in the very recent past our first females being selected for national squads.

The club is in the best place it has been ever, and Robbie has been the driving force who has helped drive that. Maintaining the position whereby the club fields three senior teams on a Saturday and one on a Sunday, plus junior teams at U12, U14, and U16 age groups, as well as Kwik Cricket (softball), is no easy feat. As recently as September the club was recognised by Scottish ClubSport for the work it does in the community, and he led a group of our volunteers when we were invited to attend the Royal Garden Party, which recognised the club's work in the community.

Robbie's efforts and commitment to cricket goes beyond just Falkland CC, where he has driven many amazing local initiatives. Whether that be taking cricket to the Afghan Refugees who are homed in Glenrothes, spearheading the development of Women's and Girls cricket in Fife, or working with Fife Council to introduce and deliver disability cricket in the area. This is just a summary of what he’s done for the sport locally.

Robbie has also played at active role with the East Fife Sports Council as well as holding a trustee position with the Cricket Development Trust (Scotland).

Beyond cricket, in 2022 he was the Howe of Fife Rotary Club Citizen of the Year, which recognised the work he did in helping organise support for local people during the COVID pandemic when he was quite often seen delivering supplies from the local store to the elderly people and those in need in the village.
Robbie really is Mr Falkland Cricket Club and a pillar of the local community and as a club, we are both very fortunate to have him and extremely proud of this amazing and very well-deserved recognition and award.

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