October 22, 2019

Archery GB named as a finalist for UK Coaching Awards

The prestigious showpiece event, which is to be held at The Tower Hotel London on the 5 December 2019, will celebrate the outstanding work of a diverse network of coaches who promote healthy and active lives, unlock potential and provide a platform for people to thrive.

From a record amount of nominations, an expert judging panel has carefully deliberated and selected the following finalists for four of the 12 award categories.

Awards for Coaches

The following categories will be awarded to coaches:

Changing Lives Award

  • Ben Lampert (football)
  • Cathy Fox (cycling)
  • Joe Lockley (boxing)

Talent Development Coach of the Year

  • Danielle Brayson (swimming)
  • Matthew Handley (martial arts)
  • Mick Maguire (boxing)

Awards in Support of Coaches

The following categories will be awarded in support of coaches:

Coach Developer of the Year

  • Nick Ruddock (gymnastics)
  • Rhodri Lloyd (multi-sport)
  • Sue Ringrose (equestrian)

Transforming Coaching Award

  • Archery GB Coach Development Team
  • Great Britain Hockey Coach Development Offer
  • Scottish Disability Sport

UK Coaching's Director of Coaching Emma Atkins, said:

"The UK Coaching Awards is a true highlight of the year, giving us an opportunity to formally celebrate great coaches from a diverse range of backgrounds and thank them for all of the incredible work they do.

"Over three million people regularly coach across the UK, from grassroots to elite level, helping to create and maintain happy and healthy lives, and benefit communities. Coaches have the power to enrich the skills of the people they work with.

"This year we have added the Changing Lives Award, which recognises coaches who are empowering, inspiring and connecting people from diverse communities to overcome life challenges. It is a category which illustrates the way in which coaches can transform lives.

"I would like to offer huge congratulations to all of those who have been nominated for the first four awards. The standard of nominations we received this year was extraordinary, demonstrating the strength of coaching in the UK.

"Thank you to all our coaches across the UK, and to our finalists. We are all looking forward to celebrating your achievements in December.”

Being chosen as a finalist recognises the progress Archery GB is making to support coaches and create a culture of learning and development. It celebrates the creative use of insight and technology to enhance learning practices, which includes partnering with the University of Birmingham and University of Portsmouth, the launch of our online community called Learning Curve, and the progress towards flexible learning.

Archery GB started on its mission to transform the system of developing coaches in 2017 and an innovative plan was developed in consultation with coaches, members, and partners.

Hannah Bussey Coaching Systems Manager for Archery GB, said:

"We're delighted to be nominated for the Transforming Coaching Award, which supports the ideas, energy and progress that has been made this year. We really believe that coaching is one of the best investments that can be made in people and communities. We're developing a coaching system that recognises the principles of empowerment, the value of community, and the fluidity of learning.

"We've received lots of positive feedback from coaches who have sampled the new opportunities available to them, and we have lots of exciting things in the pipeline for coaches and archers in 2020. Coaches have a vital role in enhancing people's experience of archery, and they are doing a fantastic job. Above all, we want coaches and archers to feel great about what they do and feel that the system is there to support them."

To find out more about Archery GB's Coaching plan please click here.


Finalists for the final eight awards will be announced in November, including The Great Coaching Moment of the Year prize.

Early bird tickets and tables are still available - to secure your place, visit trybooking.com.

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