Northern Ireland’s sporting community is being urged to say “thank you” to local sports coaches as online nominations open for the 2016 Sport Northern Ireland Coaching Awards.
The Coaching Awards, now in their third year, highlight outstanding coaches and coaching projects which have made a big impact over the last 12 months. There are eight award categories, recognising achievement at all levels, from grassroots right through to high performance.
Launching the Awards today (6 June 2016) were two of last year’s winners – Ulster Badminton coach Andrew Stewart and Richard Gormley from Ulster University’s Ulster Sports Outreach Programme. After winning at the 2015 Coaching Awards, both were put forward by Sport Northern Ireland for consideration for the UK Coaching Awards, where they were recognised again, winning prizes for Performance Development Coach and Coaching Intervention of the Year.
Speaking at the launch, 2015 Talent Development Coach of the Year Andrew Stewart encouraged people to get voting, saying: “It is a great privilege being a coach, and to know the hard work you do is recognised and valued by others means a tremendous amount. To win a Sport Northern Ireland Coaching Award, and then go on to win at the UK Coaching Awards, was a personal highlight of the last year for me. I would encourage everyone to submit their nominations as there are many talented and dedicated coaches out there, and these Awards are a great platform for acknowledging the important work they do behind the scenes.”
Recognising the positive impact of coaching in Northern Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland Board Member Andrea Bingham commented: “Sport Northern Ireland knows how vital coaching is for increasing participation, developing talent, and promoting more cohesive and inclusive communities through sport. Over the last two years, the Coaching Awards have allowed us to highlight the outstanding coaching that exists in Northern Ireland, and the subsequent success of our winners at the UK Coaching Awards only reinforces this. I am confident that, with the public’s help, this year can be even bigger and better.”
The eight award categories are:
- Children’s Coach of the Year
- Community Coach of the Year
- Young Coach of the Year (Under 25 years of age)
- Disability Coach of the Year
- Talent Development Coach of the Year
- Club Performance Coach of the Year
- High Performance Coach of the Year
- Coaching Project of the Year
Nominations close on Friday 8th July for all categories except the High Performance Coach of the Year, which will close on Friday 23 September.