12th January 2024
Active Sussex’s Strategic Workforce Officer named a finalist in awards
Active Sussex’s Strategic Workforce Officer has been named a finalist in the 2024 Coach Core Awards.
Nick Chellel, who has worked with Active Sussex since 2016, has been named a finalist in the Most Valuable Person/Organisation of the Year category.
This award celebrates someone in the Coach Core network who has made a significant contribution to our mission, has demonstrated Coach Core values and deserves to be recognised for their support and dedication to the programme.
In the nomination, an anonymised nominator said: “Nick has been an amazing advocate of the Coach Core programme and has worked tirelessly to address some of the challenges of the previous programme. He is fully deserving of this recognition.”
Nick said of the accolade: “It’s a proud moment for me and a real honour to be shortlisted as a finalist for the national Coach Core Awards, especially considering some of the incredible people and organisations involved in Coach Core across the country.
“I think it would be remiss of me not to thank the amazing Amy Fazackerley from Coach Core, and Gareth and Hazel from Lifetime, because it has been a team effort to get Coach Core Sussex to where we are now.
“After a challenging first Sussex cohort in the middle of a global pandemic, we gathered feedback from apprentices and employers, which informed improvements for the second cohort.
“These improvements have had a real impact that we are seeing within the second cohort.
“We’re lucky to have some fantastic apprentices and employers, who have been a pleasure to work with.
“I’m looking forward to attending the awards to celebrate the inspirational young people, individuals and organisations that make Coach Core the best sports coaching apprenticeship in the country.”
The ceremony will take place at The Oval – Surrey County Cricket Club’s ground – in London on February 7.
Paul Thompson, Director of People and Learning said of the awards this year: “We’re delighted to have such a strong set of nominations this year, from across the country and a wide range of different stories.
“The impact of our apprentices and their employers on the communities they work in is more apparent than ever – they aren’t just delivering sport and physical activity, they’re building communities, reducing crime, increasing health outcomes and supporting those who need it most.
“Our external judging panel (from across and outside the sector) will have a tougher job than ever, but we’re certain they – and you – will be as inspired as we are by each and every nomination.”
To find out more about the Coach Core apprenticeship programme, visit www.activesussex.org/developing-the-workforce/coaching/coach-core/