The George Andrew Performance Programme
Helping to identify and support the development of our young players, to prepare them for first XI cricket
(1931 - 2022)
George Andrew was born in Chorley in Lancashire and the family soon moved to Cove. After attending Farnborough Grammar School where he was captain of the cricket team, George was called up for National Service and served in Egypt. In Egypt he played cricket and football on compressed sand and didn’t see a drop of rain for two years.
He qualified as a teacher following college in Chelsea, married Dorothy and was blessed with two children, Christine and Mark. He taught in Germany for the British Forces Education Service, becoming a headmaster and where he was also captain of Cologne Cricket Club where George and Dorothy hosted many overseas touring sides. He founded three theatres where he directed a variety of plays including My Three Angels, Alfie, Billy Liar and There’s a Girl in My Soup. Germany also heard him broadcasting on the radio. Sports commentary was a favourite along with writing radio scripts for Deutsch Welle.
On his return to England he rejoined Cove Cricket Club where his Father Bertie was a treasurer, secretary, umpire and occasional leg spinner in the early days. His enthusiasm for cricket and love for family shone through, especially when three generations of the Andrew family were present at the club. George’s Mother Ada baked dozens of cakes for the cricket teas and then as a family they would walk two miles to Cove cricket pavilion on Cove Green with the cakes on top of the pram.
His enthusiasm for cricket was matched by his passion for writing which resulted in several books being published (two on cricket) and nomination as a full member of The Society of Authors. He also tutored student writers, encouraging many of them to publication. Some locals may also remember him playing ‘Rodger’ in Outside Edge for Theatre 64 in Yateley.
Christine and Mark are proud of George’s dedication to teaching and emboldening young people, especially in education and sport, and so this donation in his name is a fitting tribute to an accomplished and generous man: The George Andrew Performance Programme
On behalf of Cove Cricket Club we would like to thank George Andrew's Family for the kind donation in his memory to help us run this project over the next coming years.
George was a former President, cricketer, and friend. The kind donation from the family will enhance the ability of the young boys and girls on the Performance Programme, giving them the best opportunity to fulfil their potential within the game that brought so much joy to George.
The programme has been designed by a group of coaches and all players received a personal letter of invitation from the club, detailing the fantastic opportunity they have. As a former Headteacher George realised the importance of sport in the development of young people, and always enjoyed seeing young talent progress their games and grasp the opportunities it can provide for them. George would be hoping that the players can do the same in this instance.
George was a very kind man and very highly thought of at Cove CC. We would like to thank George's Son and Daughter, Mark and Christine for helping us get the project off the ground with their kind support.
Cove Cricket Club