Coaching in the UK

BMX Coach Named Gillette London Coach of the Year

Fri, 26 Apr 2013

BMX coach Paulo Cotrim has been named as the Gillette London Coach of the Year in a glittering ceremony at the Kia Oval Cricket Ground.

Paulo’s commitment to the Hackney BMX Club club is unstinting. He single-handedly kept the club running through last summer. He coached the sessions, kept the registers and maintained the equipment. His work helped the club over 1000 young people in 2012 alone.

Over and above the core club sessions, Paulo has been instrumental in creating excellent community links for Hackney BMX. He has worked with 25 different school groups, some of which are now running weekly BMX sessions. In May 2012 Paulo volunteered to manage the first ever Hackney London Youth Games BMX team – that finished 8th overall.

He has also worked hard to provide opportunities to under-represented groups to participate in BMX. In October he worked with the National Deaf Children’s Society to organise a free BMX session. The session was fully booked and featured on ITV’s London Tonight. He also arranged for one young rider from Hackney BMX to be selected to participate in a CBBC programme where a young person is paired with an elite athlete for six weeks training.

Paulo has also helped out at neighbouring Tower Hamlets BMX club where he is the lead coach for the Bow Boys BMX club - an after-school club been established to target teenage boys that have behavioural problems in school and are known to be involved in gangs.

Paulo is always looking for opportunities for his own development and attended 12 courses in the last year alone. This included the British Cycling Level 2 and BMX coaching qualifications, training on how to coach disabled people in sport and make activities deaf friendly, and numerous workshops on working with high-risk young people.

As a result of the award, Paulo has been short-listed for the UK Coaching Awards: Supported by Gillette, which will be held on 3 December 2013.

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