A Lisburn-based coach has been named Young Coach of the Year at the 2017 Sport Northern Ireland Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards.

Ciaran Chambers, a coach with Ulster Badminton, was recognised for his work within the governing body’s performance development programme, particularly his coaching with two young players over the last twelve months.

In his role, Ciaran has helped Under 17 player, Kyle Magee establish himself as one of the top Under 17 players in Ireland. In this year’s Ulster Under 17 Open, Kyle won the Boys’ singles event and came runner up in the Boys’ doubles.

Also under his training is Jon McCreedy, who came straight out of junior badminton to become National Grade A champion and runner up in the Men’s singles

Ciaran not only works with young players, he has also set up coaching sessions for older players, so that they can continually improve in the sport they have played for a number of years.

Ryan Prentice, Club and Coaching Officer for Ulster Badminton said  “As a young, passionate coach, Ciaran shows badminton in the best possible light, and his professionalism and dedication to the sport and to coaching, ensure that each player he works with have a rewarding and enjoyable experience. From young players to masters, Ciaran is making an impact right across the sport on a weekly basis”.

Ciaran was presented with his award on Monday by David Smyth, Coaching Consultant at Sport Northern Ireland, during a badminton session at Seaview Primary School.

The Young Coach of the Year award recognises up and coming coaches who have demonstrated creativity and determination in their development as a coach, and who have shown dedication in helping others achieve their sporting goals.

Congratulating Ciaran on his success, Sport NI Chair George Lucas said:

“The Sport NI Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards are designed to highlight the outstanding talent that exists across Northern Ireland’s sporting workforce, and celebrate the great work local coaches are doing to help our communities enjoy, engage and excel in sport. Ciaran is a shining example of this – coaching individual players to improve their skills, strength, as well as nurturing his players from junior to senior level and taking the next step in their sporting journey.

On behalf of Sport NI, I would like to congratulate Ciaran on his richly deserved award, and wish him the very best in his future development as a coach.”

Pictured with Ciaran Chambers is David Smyth, Coaching Consultant at Sport Northern Ireland.