UK Coaching is opening nominations for its annual awards, celebrating and highlighting the fundamental role that coaches play at every level in sport.
With 13 categories open, the awards – in their milestone 25th year – seek to reward the fantastic achievements of coaches, demonstrating what great coaching means, and how they help people to build a healthy relationship with physical activity and sport.
UK Coaching’s CEO Mark Gannon, said:
“The UK Coaching Awards is an opportunity to recognise those coaches who live and breathe their craft. The Awards celebrate coaches who go the extra mile to deliver excellent experiences for their participants and teams. We’ll hear the inspiring stories of how people have achieved, overcome and developed as a result of their coach. It takes lots of perseverance and time to become a great coach and every year we are astounded at those who through self-determination and investment in themselves and their practice, have become truly great coaches.
“Being a great coach is not about winning, it’s about inspiring and supporting the person, team or people in front of you. It’s about knowing what makes them tick, and how to get the best out of them.
“The last couple of years haven’t been easy. The latest data from Sport England reported over 6 million people gave up their time to lead activity sessions in the 12-month period between November 2020 and 2021, and many of these will have been coaches. That’s why we would like the public to really get behind our amazing coaches and show them how much they mean to us.
“There has never been a more important time to celebrate your coach, and what better way than nominating them for a prestigious UK Coaching Award?”
Overall, there are 13 award categories being celebrated at this year’s UK Coaching Awards. All celebrate #GreatCoaching and showcase the coaches and organisations that make a difference. Collectively, they are:
- Community Coach of the Year – Children and Young People
- Community Coach of the Year – Adults
- Young Coach of the Year
- Change a Life Award
- Talent Development Coach of the Year
- High Performance Coach of the Year
- Online Coach of the Year
- Coaching Podcast of the Year
- Inclusive Coaching
- Coach Developer of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement Award*
- Coaching Technology of the Year*
- And the Coaching Chain*, which recognises contributions made by individual coaches throughout an elite athlete’s life in helping them achieve their potential.
*These award categories are not open for public nominations.
Public nominations for the awards will close at 10:00 on 12th September followed by an independent and impartial judging process.
For the Awards, UK Coaching uses the broad definition of coaching and welcomes nominations on behalf of coaches, instructors, leaders, teachers, trainers, and others who support people to achieve their sport and activity goals.
Nominate a coach for an award: https://www.ukcoaching.org/events/our-awards/criteria