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Introducing our Children’s Coach of the Year nominees! Here’s what their nominators had to say about them:

Aleksander Bartusik – Mourne Table Tennis

“Aleksander has been a great help to my two children in showing them techniques and building their confidence. He makes it a fun but challenging environment for all the children to achieve their best.”

Andy Mulholland – Hazelwood Hawks Basketball Club

“Every child should have a chance to work with a coach like Andy. He makes sport fun and learning easy! Through his hard work, he has created a special place at Hazelwood Hawks Basketball Club.”

Brian McComb – Tri Limits Triathlon Club

“Brian is the quiet man who shows up week after week and gets the job done. The kids adore him and they are reaping from all his knowledge. We are so lucky to have him.”

Ciara Gault - St Paul’s U14 Camógie Manager and Coach of County U14

“Ciara is a positive role model for the girls at St Paul’s to look up to. She is knowledgeable, supportive and loves the game of Camógie.”

Colin Robinson - Ballyholme Yacht Club

“Power, passion, presence and the ability to influence and promote positive sailing experiences for students, fellow coaches and parents alike. Colin identifies the drivers in individuals and encourages positive self reflection and future improvement.”

Danielle Hughes - Gort na móna

“Danielle gives everything to the teams she’s involved in from nursery to senior level.”

David Moore - Strabane Lifford Cycling Club

“It is hard to get commitment from people these days but David is always committed and volunteers without complaint.”

Eamon Corbett - Sacred Heart Boxing Academy

“Eamon spends tireless amounts of time voluntarily coaching disadvantaged kids. He’s seen something in my son that he didn’t see himself. It made him believe that even with a disability he could achieve anything.”

Eileen Watson - Newcastle Netball Club

“Eileen is helping develop the future stars of our club. She is keeping girls involved in sport at an age where they start to give it up.”

Eimear Reeve - Pearses GAC Befast

“Eimear is a fantastic coach with a great positive attitude. Every single girl is valued in her sessions. She encourages all the girls and praises them lots. All the girls have grown in confidence and skill this year.”

Emma MacDonald - U13 Netball NI Academy Coach / Tanaghmore P.S Coach / Clann Eireann Minis Coach

“Emma has worked really hard to drive up the standard of players and inspires them by showing them the pathway. Working with the minis she is building a strong base of skilled players to continually progress through the club.”

Emma Morgan – Celtic Boys

“Emma is an incredible coach. She goes over and above for the children most nights. She does way more than any volunteer should ever do.”

Ethan Hamill - Bangor City Warriors

“There was no basketball provision for young people in the area until Ethan coached the U16 boys team. These young people had nowhere else to go and nothing to do, without Ethan this would not be possible.”

Francis Shaw - St Michaels College AC

“I think one of the most important lessons in coaching is how you deal with failure. Despite  disappointment he’s always proud of his team and makes sure that each competitor knows that. He is respectful to athletes from different schools and congratulates them on their performances.”

Gary Montgomery - Glen’s United Football Club

“Nothing is ever to much hassle for Gary. He does what he can to help the players and their parents. Gary gives so much to all the kids and coaches and that’s why the club has grown from 50 kids to well over 120 in just over a year.”

Barry Sands - Colin Gaels

“Children’s wellness and well being is central to every hour he spends on the pitch, in the training room and in his session planning. He is committed to the principal that a happy child is a healthy child and vice versa. His energy is relentless and his positivity infectious.”

Jennifer McCormick - Lisburn City Archery Club

“Jennifer gives her all to archery and nothing is too much trouble. If Jennifer doesn’t have what your looking for in her archery tool box she will source it for you. She is great with the children and she is an asset to Archery.”

Judy Makem - St Michael’s GAC, Magheralin

“Judy lights up every room/football pitch with her boundless energy. She connects with young children and always has the right words to alleviate any fears and dry any tears. She creates a safe place for the children to learn and grow in confidence.”

Lee Kirrane - Armagh City FC

“Lee’s sessions are always of the highest standard. Always one of the first on the training pitch setting up. He manages the whole girls section now at Armagh City FC which is starting to thrive with his involvement.”

Owen Murray – Derry City Women

“His coaching style is fun and he asks how everyone is. He goes out of his way to help players on their football journey while keeping the team competitive such as by winning the D&D Cup and finishing top of the league. He coaches and offers help whenever he can.”

Peter Mallon - St Paul’s GAA Lurgan

“Peter is a dedicated coach, shaping young athletes and St Paul’s underage programme with passion, innovation, and unwavering commitment.

Peter Stewart - Lisburn Taekwondo Club

“Peter provides individual feedback to all the kids and rewards their progress. His expertise is inspirational and it is great to see the kids develop respect, discipline and confidence as they train.” 

Rachael Irvine – Salto Gymnastics Club

“Rachael goes above and beyond to ensure each child is included in the sport of gymnastics no matter of age, ability, disability they may have. She always finds a way to include everyone.”

Sabrina Higgins – Carrickfergus Rugby Football Club

“Sabrina focuses on fun and innovative training. She is 100% dedicated to giving the girls the best possible rugby experience, allowing them to grow in confidence as both players and young women.”

Sara Moore - 22nd Old Boys and Ladies

“Sara has only been coaching at our club for a few years but her dedication and time given to the kids has been immeasurable. She has organised tournaments that have helped the kids not only from our club but other local clubs to progress.”

Stephen Rodgers - Limavady CFRFC

“Stephen promotes a one club for all ethos, his success is measured by the happiness of each player and the smiles on their faces when they train and play matches.”

Tony Cadell - St Galls GAC Belfast (Handball)

“Tony invests so much of his time coaching, not only in his club, but also assists with tournaments and school events. His dedication and commitment to them has produced some excellent players that are starting to flourish in the game sparking an ignite within Antrim handball.”