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Nominations open for the prestigious UK Coaching Awards

Are you a UK Coaching Award winner?

Nominations are open for the 22nd annual UK Coaching Awards which continue to showcase the diversity of coaching across the country.

Hosted by UK Coaching, the awards will be held in London on December 5, 2019 and will showcase the diverse work of coaches from all walks of life helping people improve their well-being and activity levels.

There are 12 award categories, eight for coaches, three in support of coaches and the Great Coaching Moment of the Year. New for 2019 is the Changing Lives Award, which will be awarded to a coach who is leading the way to empower, inspire and connect people from diverse communities to overcome life challenges.

The Awards for Coaches are given to individual coaches who have excelled and shown outstanding commitment in a certain area, or to an individual and/or group over the last 12 months.

  • Children and Young People’s Coach of the Year
  • Community Coach of the Year
  • Changing Lives Award
  • Talent Development Coach of the Year
  • High Performance Coach of the Year
  • Young Coach of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Coaching Chain, which recognises contributions made by individual coaches throughout an elite athlete’s life in helping achieve their potential.

The Awards in Support of Coaches recognise those who recruit, develop, educate, qualify, and/or deploy coaches effectively in the UK.

  • Coach Developer of the Year
  • Transforming Coaching
  • Coaching for an Active Life Award

Nominations will close at noon on the September 18. To put your name forward for an award visit click here.

And the 2018 winners were…

The UK Coaching Awards 2018 took place at a special awards ceremony on Thursday 29 November at The Honourable Artillery Company, London.

Awards for coaches

  • Children’s Coach of the Year, supported by sportscotland – Ady Gray (Karate) (Wetherby)
  • Community Coach of the Year, supported by Sport England – Lee Coulson BEM (Multi-sport) (Aberystwyth)
  • Disability Coach of the Year – Melanie Timberlake (Multi-sport) (Aylesbury)
  • Heather Crouch Young Coach of the Year, supported by Youth Sport Trust – Izzy Cottrell (Multi-sport) (Chesterfield)
  • High Performance Coach of the Year – Matthew Lawrence (Paracanoe) (Nottingham)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Peter Stanley (Athletics) (Loughborough)
  • Talent Development Coach of the Year – Francesca Lewis (Tennis) (Swansea)

Awards in Support of Coaches

  • Coach Developer of the Year – Richard Cheetham MBE (Multi-sport) (Winchester)
  • Coaching Culture Organisation of the Year – British Canoeing (Nottingham)
  • Coaching for an Active Life Award  – Move More Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland)
  • Transforming Coaching through Technology, supported by Reading Room – Project 500 (South East of England)

Coaching Chain Award

Welsh Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas’ coaches were recognised for the contribution they made throughout his life. The winning coaches were Tim Kerrison, Matt Parker, Rod Ellingworth, Darren Tudor and Debbie Wharton.

Coaching Hall of Fame

Head coaches of GB’s gold medallists from the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games were inducted into UK Coaching’s hall of fame.

Amanda Pirie, coach to Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jennifer Kehoe, who won gold in the alpine skiing women’s slalom, and Eric Bernotas, coach to Lizzy Yarnold, who won gold in the women’s skeleton, were presented with Mussabini Medals (named after pioneer sports coach Sam Mussabini) to acknowledge their hand in creating GB Winter Olympic and Paralympic success.

Great Coaching Moment of the Year 

Kris Stafford, Stephen Quinn and Harrison Marshall of Old Otliensians RUFC – 2018 RFU Junior Vase (Rugby Union) (Otley) won the new for 2018 Great Coaching Moment of the Year. Open to a public vote, which concluded on the night of the Awards, the Old Otliensians managed to field of stiff competition from Tracey Neville and Gareth Southgate to take the gong which celebrates a particular moment in time when a coach’s support and guidance really paid off.