Nominations for the prestigious UK Coaching Awards are now open.
Hosted by UK Coaching, the showpiece annual event is seen as one of the most prestigious by the coaching community and will be held at The HAC, City of London on Thursday 29 November.
The principle of the Awards is to recognise and reward great coaching at all levels across sport and activity, from community to high performance.
There are two new award categories for 2018: Great Coaching Moment of the Year and Transforming Coaching through Technology.
The first new gong celebrates a particular moment in time when a coach’s support and guidance really paid off. Any moment from 2018 can be nominated, whether it’s the school football team celebrating their first league win with their P.E. Teacher; a coach cheering pool side as their swimmer finishes their first 50m race; or the England coach celebrating their netball team’s victory at the Commonwealth Games.
The second is for an individual or team who has developed innovative technology, or who has made great use of technology, to enhance coach learning or practice, or to improve the experience or performance of participants or coaches.
Lastly, one of the awards in the Support of Coaches category has received a makeover. Its new look name – Coaching for an Active Life – reflects UK Coaching’s vision of an active nation inspired through great coaching.
Overall, there are 13 award categories, nine for coaches, three in support of coaches and the Great Coaching Moment of the Year.
The Awards for Coaches are given to individual coaches who have excelled and shown outstanding commitment in a certain area, or to an individual and/or group over the last 12 months. They are:
- Children’s Coach of the Year
- Community Coach of the Year
- Talent Development Coach of the Year
- High Performance Coach of the Year
- Heather Crouch Young Coach of the Year
- Disability Coach of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Transforming Coaching through Technology (new for 2018)
- And the Coaching Chain, which recognises contributions made by individual coaches throughout an elite athlete’s life in helping achieve their potential.
The Awards in Support of Coaches recognise those who recruit, develop, educate, qualify, and/or deploy coaches effectively in the UK. They are:
- Coach Developer of the Year
- Coaching Culture Organisation of the Year
- Coaching for an Active Life Award
Public nominations will close at noon on the 21 September.
For the Awards, UK Coaching uses the broad definition of coaching and welcomes nominations on behalf of coaches, instructors, leaders, teachers, trainers and others who support people to achieve their sport and activity goals. All nomination information is treated as confidential until shortlists and winners are announced.