April 21, 2021

Search begins for nation’s coaching heroes!

UK Coaching has reopened its national awards to mark the incredible innovations and achievements of great coaches who have inspired and motivated the nation to keep moving, delivering sport and physical activity sessions during the coronavirus lockdowns.

Through the ‘UK Coaching Hero' awards initiative, the British public can nominate coaches who implemented great coaching ideas and made considerable differences to people's mental and physical wellbeing, despite the adversity that faced the nation.

Coach nominations are open now until 09:00 on 17 May 2021

UK Coaching is looking for nominations of coaches who have:

  • connected people utilising sport and physical activity, and had a positive impact on people's well-being
  • created an environment where people felt empowered and motivated either to get active or to stay active during the COVID-19 lockdowns
  • made a difference and had an impact on others (eg family member, friend, participant).

Click here to make your nomination!

UK Coaching's Director of Coaching, Emma Atkins, said: "We have been overwhelmed by the actions of many great coaches from across the nation, who have persevered and re-thought coaching techniques to deliver digital and one-to-one training, whilst they too have struggled with the parameters of the third lockdown.

"Throughout the pandemic, coaches have found innovative, safe and legal ways to deliver sport and physical activity sessions and it is not an exaggeration to state that they have been a constant source of hope for many people during these isolating times. Coaching heroes is our opportunity to give back to the coaches that have enriched our lives in lockdown - when we needed them most.”

Originally set to take place last year, UK Coaching decided to extend its awards initiative into 2021 as the ongoing pandemic meant restrictive measures remained in place across the country.

  • Entries submitted during the first nomination period in 2020 have been received and will be included in the shortlisting process.

During this year's UK Coaching Week, from 7-13 June, the public will be able to vote for their favourite coach from a shortlist of finalists. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in September.

For more information and details on how to nominate, head to UK Coaching's awards platform.

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