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Sussex coaches and projects nominated for national awards

Sussex coaches and projects nominated for national awards

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Outstanding contributions to sport by Sussex coaches and projects on a national and world stage including the FIFA World Cup have been reflected in the finalists selected for the 2018 UK Coaching Awards. 

A judging panel, consisting of experts from the coaching, sport and physical activity sector, deliberated from a record amount of nominations to select 33 finalists across 11 categories, recognising their great coaching achievements over the last 12 months.

Project 500, an initiative created and delivered by Active Sussex, Active Surrey, Leap, Get Berkshire Active, Kent Sport, Energise Me and Oxfordshire Sports Partnership, has been nominated in the new category - Transforming Coaching through Technology.

The groundbreaking and highly successful campaign continues to address the imbalance in the number of male to female coaches, creating a more diverse workforce to drive the growth of female participation in sport. 

Also nominated is Sussex based Powerlifting coach Callum Barney for the Young Coach of the Year award and Netball coach Danielle Lewis-Collins in the Children’s Coach of the Year category.

And England's heroic World Cup manager Gareth Southgate, who grew up in Crawley, is up for the brand new category - the Great Coaching Moment of the Year, celebrating a particular moment in time when a coach’s support and guidance really paid off. This award is open to a public vote, beginning on 19 November and concluding on the night of the Awards. 

Emma Atkins, Director of Coaching at UK Coaching said: "Great coaching takes place across the UK every day and the UK Coaching Awards is our chance to formalise our recognition, congratulations and thanks to coaches for all their hard work.

"The UK Coaching Awards has been staged for over twenty years, and we are confident that this year will be the biggest celebration of great coaching yet, with new categories to reflect developments and incredible achievements over the past twelve months... Best of luck to all our finalists, I look forward to celebrating with you in London."

Hosted by UK Coaching, the showpiece annual event is seen as one of the most prestigious by the coaching community and will be held at The HAC, City of London on Thursday 29 November. Find out more here.

2018 UK Coaching Awards finalists: 

Awards for coaches

Children’s Coach of the Year – supported by sportscotland

  • Ady Gray (Karate) (West Yorkshire)
  • Danielle Lewis-Collins (Netball) (Hertfordshire/Sussex)
  • Fionnuala Duhaney-Keown (Basketball) (London)

Community Coach of the Year

  • Adrian Klemens (Multi-sport) (London)
  • Lee Coulson (Multi-sport) (Wales)
  • Sarah Toone (Cycling) (London)

Disability Coach of the Year

  • Cameron Osburn (Multi-sport) (North Yorkshire)
  • Joanne Sykes (Multi-sport) (London)
  • Melanie Timberlake (Multi-sport) (Buckinghamshire)

Heather Crouch Young Coach of the Year

  • Callum Barney (Powerlifting) (Sussex)
  • Gemma Lumsdaine (Wheelchair Basketball) (Scotland)
  • Isobella Cottrell (Multi-sport) (Derbyshire)

High Performance Coach of the Year

  • Craig Morris (Canoeing) (Hertfordshire)
  • Matthew Lawrence (Paracanoe) (Nottinghamshire)
  • Tracey Neville MBE (Netball) (Greater Manchester)

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Dave Rossetter (Canoeing) (Scotland)
  • Fred Furniss (Swimming) (South Yorkshire)
  • Peter Stanley (Athletics) (Devonshire)

Talent Development Coach of the Year

  • Francesca Lewis (Tennis) (Wales)
  • Monica Eden (Cycling) (Cheshire)
  • Zane Duquemin (Athletics) (Jersey/Leicestershire)

Transforming Coaching through Technology (new for 2018) – supported by Reading Room

  • Institute of Swimming (Leicestershire) 
  • Project 500 (Kent)
  • Scottish Rugby Union (Scotland)

Awards in support of coaches

Coach Developer of the Year

  • Chris Brain (Canoeing) (Lancashire)
  • Patricia Quirke (Cycling) (Greater Manchester)
  • Richard Cheetham MBE (Multi-sport) (Hampshire)

Coaching Culture Organisation of the Year

  • British Canoeing (Nottinghamshire)
  • Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy (Hampshire)
  • Youth Sport Trust (Leicestershire)

Coaching for an Active Life Award – supported by Sport England

  • Access Sport (London)
  • Move More Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland)
  • Coach Core (London)

Great Coaching Moment of the Year (new for 2018) - celebrates a particular moment in time when a coach’s support and guidance really paid off. This award is open to a public vote, beginning on 19 November and concluding on the night of the Awards.

The finalists are:

  • Gareth Southgate – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (Hertfordshire)
  • Tracey Neville – Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (Greater Manchester)
  • Kris Stafford, Stephen Quinn and Harrison Marshall of Old Otliensians RUFC – 2018 RFU Junior Vase (West Yorkshire)