Young Coach

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

Sophie Megaw - Moneyslane Football Club (U11′s Coach)

“An inspirational coach whose recently gained promotion to the Women’s Premiership. Sophie has also set up a girls football academy with Moneyslane FC in her spare time.”

Andrew Creane - Bangor Chiefs (Head Coach of Senior B & C Club Sides & Head Coach of Ireland Senior Women National Team)

“Andrew goes above and beyond his commitments, often helping coaches at the various age groups within the club & national programme setup. Being a young coach he is often handling players older than himself but does this with confidence.”

Ella Scott - Lisburn Taekwondo Club

“As a young coach, Ella brings a fresh perspective and innovative ideas to the sport. Her dedication, knowledge, and passion for Taekwondo are evident in everything she does.”

Amy Stewart - Lisburn Taekwondo Club

“Amy is a true champion and a source of inspiration for aspiring athletes. Not only does Amy help coach our young athletes but she is also a member of the GB Poomsae squad and has competed across Europe.”

Poppy Laverty - Lisburn Taekwondo Club

“She understands the unique challenges that young athletes face and knows how to motivate them to reach their full potential. Poppy’s coaching style is not only effective but also inspiring.”

James Baker - New Ground Jiu Jitsu Academy

“James’ training methodologies are above and beyond those of any other clubs I’ve spent time at. In addition to running classes five days a week, he finds time to coach and compete himself at competitions several times a month.  He is an inspiration to everyone at our club.”

Bryan Cupples - Ulster University Badminton Club

“Due to Bryan’s organisation and coaching, the club’s membership has increased over the past two years and the standard of play has improved.”

Rebecca Woods - Alpha Badminton Club

“Rebecca has the perfect qualities to be a badminton coach, she is very self-assured, calm under pressure and can organise children with ease.”

Erin Cunningham - Bangor Boccia Club

“Erin is always surpassing her own standards of creativity and dedication to players, and is never afraid to try something new.”

Jenny Bell - Limavady CRFHC

“A fantastic role model to all, Jenny shows how every barrier can be climbed when it comes to growing the game in Limavady.”

Jordan McKnight - Hilden Tennis Club

“Jordan has an extraordinary talent for creating an all-encompassing and transformative tennis experience within the community. He isn’t just a tennis coach; he is the architect of a flourishing community centred around camaraderie, well-being, and personal growth, expertly realized through his Cardio Tennis programme.”