29th Nov 2018

Lee Coulson BEM wins UK Community Coach of the Year Award

The showpiece annual event, which is seen as one of the most prestigious by the coaching community, took place at The Honourable Artillery Company, London on Thursday 29 November 2018. 
This year’s event, which saw a record number of nominations, continued UK Coaching’s celebration of great coaching, which commenced earlier this year with the UK’s first ever Coaching Week. 
The winners of the 2018 UK Coaching Awards are:
Awards for coaches
The following categories have been awarded to 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
The following categories have been awarded 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 (Kent)
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.
 
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