UK Coaching announces 20th anniversary UK Coaching Awards


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Press release

19 October 2017

Finalists announced for 20th Anniversary of UK Coaching Awards

The finalists for the 20th Anniversary of the UK Coaching Awards, have been announced.

From a record amount of nominations, an expert judging panel have carefully deliberated and selected the following finalists.

Awards for coaches

The following categories will be awarded to coaches:

Children's Coach of the Year

  • Ady Gray (Karate)
  • Dave George (Cycling)
  • David Walsh (Multi)

Community Coach of the Year

  • Kevin O'Neill (Football)
  • Marcellus Baz (Boxing)
  • Phil Alcock (Nordic Walking)

Talent Development Coach of the Year

  • David Unsworth (Football)
  • Katie Parker (Strength and Conditioning; Multi)
  • Phil Potter (Swimming)

High Performance Coach of the Year

  • Ben Rhodes (Sailing)
  • British Athletics Relay Team Coaches (Stephen Maguire; Benke Blomkvist; Christian Malcom)
  • Steve Robinson (Golf)
  • Ziemek Wojciechowski (Fencing)

Heather Crouch Young Coach of the Year

  • Charlotte Collier (Football)
  • Nourredine Aitouarab (Capoeira)
  • Samuel Tuck (Rowing)

Disability Coach of the Year

  • Anna Jackson (Wheelchair Basketball)
  • Herman Fung (Wheelchair Badminton)
  • Michelle Weltman (Swimming; Multi)

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • John White (Swimming)
  • Malcolm Brown (Triathlon)
  • Michelle Weltman (Swimming; Multi)

Awards in support of coaches

The following categories will be awarded in support of coaches:

Coach Developer of the Year

  • Adrienne Hunter (Multi)
  • Bob Muir (Multi)
  • Rus Smith (StreetGames)

Coaching Intervention of the Year

  • Piper Hall Project (Capoeira)
  • Fitmums and Friends (Athletics)
  • Simply Judo (Judo)

Coaching Culture of the Year

  • British Weightlifting
  • England Rugby

Mark Gannon, Chief Executive Officer of UK Coaching said:

"It's a real pleasure to announce the names of the finalists for the 20th Anniversary of the UK Coaching Awards.

"In this special year for the Awards, we had an unprecedented amount of nominations across a multitude of sports and from every corner of the country. This diverse group of people put coaching at the heart of physical activity and sport, and make a difference in many walks of life. I look forward to celebrating their achievements."

The showpiece annual event is seen as one of the most prestigious within the coaching community and will be held at The HAC, City of London on Thursday 30 November.

The principle of the Awards is to recognise the contribution coaches make in transforming lives across the UK. Previous winners include coaches making a huge difference in their community as well as the coaching elite working across a wide variety of sports on the world stage.

Want to join the stars of the show? Tickets and table sales can be found here:


Notes to Editors:

UK Coaching (formerly Sports Coach UK)

UK Coaching is the new brand name of the National Coaching Foundation. Great coaching encourages people to be more active and lead healthier lifestyles and our mission is to put coaching at the heart of physical activity and sport.

Coaching is in our DNA. For more than 30 years, alongside our partners, we have provided the coaching workforce with the skills and knowledge they need to make a positive difference. We've also supported our partners to do the same.

We're now widening our scope to do this on a broader scale. How? By adopting a wider definition of coaching and extending our reach into new markets where great coaching makes a difference every day.

We're here to:

  • raise the profile of coaching so that it is recognised for the wider benefits it brings to society and individuals
  • help our partners create coaching systems to deliver a fit for purpose workforce that better reflects society
  • make coaching easier to get into and stay involved in
  • supply the coaching workforce with the information they need to be participant focused
  • be a hub of research excellence for coaching
  • help coaches feel better connected, more knowledgeable and confident
  • be central to the sport and physical activity landscape; we'll run an effective and efficient organisation
  • encourage technology to enable coaches and coaching.

In England, we support governing bodies of sport and county sports partnerships, as well as many other organisations across the sport and physical activity landscape.

In Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, we work with the three Home Country Sports Councils.

Further information on UK Coaching can be found on our website:

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