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Our Awards

About the Event

Finalists announced for the 2018 UK Coaching Awards.

The UK Coaching Awards honour great coaching from people and organisations who have demonstrated outstanding success over the previous 12 months.

Hosted by UK Coaching the event raises the profile of coaching and the role it plays in transforming lives and inspiring an active nation.

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Tickets are now available for the coaching community's ultimate celebration of #GreatCoaching.

Early Bird Tickets are available until 31 October and can be purchased for just £185 (+ VAT).

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Event Location

The UK Coaching Awards 2018 will take place at a special awards ceremony, a glittering celebration of great coaching, on Thursday 29 November at The Honourable Artillery Company, London.

Event Categories

The finalists are:

Awards for coaches - the following categories will be awarded to coaches:

Children’s Coach of the Year – supported by sportscotland

  • Ady Gray (Karate)
  • Danielle Lewis-Collins (Netball)
  • Fionnuala Duhaney-Keown (Basketball)

Community Coach of the Year

  • Adrian Klemens (Multi-sport)
  • Lee Coulson BEM (Multi-sport)
  • Sarah Toone (Cycling)

Disability Coach of the Year

  • Cameron Osburn (Multi-sport)
  • Joanne Sykes (Multi-sport)
  • Melanie Timberlake (Multi-sport)

Heather Crouch Young Coach of the Year

  • Callum Barney (Powerlifting) 
  • Gemma Lumsdaine (Wheelchair Basketball) 
  • Isobella Cottrell (Multi-sport)

High Performance Coach of the Year

  • Craig Morris (Canoeing)
  • Matthew Lawrence (Paracanoe)
  • Tracey Neville MBE (Netball)

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Dave Rossetter (Canoeing)
  • Fred Furniss (Swimming)
  • Peter Stanley (Athletics)

Talent Development Coach of the Year

  • Francesca Lewis (Tennis)
  • Monica Eden (Cycling)
  • Zane Duquemin (Athletics)

Transforming Coaching through Technology (new for 2018) – supported by Reading Room

  • Institute of Swimming  
  • Project 500
  • Scottish Rugby Union

Awards in support of coaches - the following categories will be awarded in support of coaches:

Coach Developer of the Year

  • Chris Brain (Canoeing)
  • Patricia Quirke (Cycling)
  • Richard Cheetham MBE (Multi-sport)

Coaching Culture Organisation of the Year

  • British Canoeing
  • Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy
  • Youth Sport Trust

Coaching for an Active Life Award – supported by Sport England

  • Access Sport
  • Move More Northern Ireland
  • Coach Core

New for 2018, the Great Coaching Moment of the Year celebrates a particular moment in time when a coach’s support and guidance really paid off. This award is open to a public vote, beginning on the 19 November and concluding on the night of the Awards. 

The finalists are:

  • Gareth Southgate – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 
  • Tracey Neville – Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • Kris Stafford, Stephen Quinn and Harrison Marshall of Old Otliensians RUFC – 2018 RFU Junior Vase

UK Coaching will also recognise great coaching through The Coaching Chain, which recognises contributions made by individual coaches throughout an elite athlete’s life.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Want to have your organisation or product's name in front of our audience in the build up to, during and after the event? A number of options are available and we’re happy to discuss packages that meet your needs.

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Last year's event

And the 2017 winners were...

After a record amount of nominations for the 2017 event, a shortlisting period and independent judging panel, the winners were announced at a glittering ceremony at the Honourable Artillery Company, London on Thursday 30 November. The full list of winners is below.

Awards for coaches 2017

  • Children's Coach of the Year - Supported by sportscotland: David Walsh (Multi-Sport)
  • Community Coach of the Year: Marcellus Baz BEM (Boxing)
  • Talent Development Coach of the Year: David Unsworth (Football)
  • High Performance Coach of the Year: British Athletics Relay Team Coaches (Benke Blomkvist; Christian Malcolm; Stephen Maguire)
  • Heather Crouch Young Coach of the Year - Supported by Youth Sport Trust: Samuel Tuck (Rowing)
  • Disability Coach of the Year: Anna Jackson (Wheelchair Basketball)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Co-awarded to John White (Swimming) and Malcolm Brown MBE (Triathlon)

Awards in support of coaches 2017

  • Coach Developer of the Year: Rus Smith (Multi-Sport)
  • Coaching Intervention of the Year - Supported by Sport England: Fitmums and Friends (Athletics)
  • Coaching Culture of the Year: Co-awarded to British Weight Lifting and England Rugby

As well as being the 20th anniversary of the event, 2017 marked the relaunch of UK Coaching and a new definition of coaching: Improving a person’s experience of sport and physical activity by providing specialised support and guidance aligned to their individual needs and aspirations.

Put simply, great coaching is putting people first. The UK Coaching Awards celebrates the work of great people across the nation.