Coaching in the UK

UK Coaching Awards 2014 winners - Supported by Gillette

Wed, 19 Nov 2014

Gary Street was named UK Coach of the Year and High-Performance Coach of the Year at of the UK Coaching Awards 2014 – supported by Gillette.
The England Women’s Rugby coach beat off stiff competition from Rory McIlroy’s coach Michael Bannon, Wales Gymnastics coach Jo Coombs, Northern Ireland’s head boxing coach John Conlan and Scottish judo coach David Somerville to walk off with the High-Performance gong.
Street also won the overall Coach of the Year Award, at sports coach UK’s glittering evening ceremony at City Chambers, in Glasgow on 19 November.
Under Street’s guidance the English team has won six consecutive Six Nations Championships, including four grand slams and lead the team to its biggest victory to date – lifting the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Paris in August after triumphing over Canada with a 21-9 scoreline. This was England’s first Women’s Rugby World Cup tournament since 1994 but their fourth consecutive World Cup final.

His World Cup campaign, characterised by detailed planning, inspirational coaching and effective management of his players and staff, helped to achieve the ultimate aim of being crowned world champions. He has also been instrumental in raising the profile of the women’s game by using the World Cup winners as inspirational role models as part of the RFU strategy to grow the women’s game.
He joins a list of top class coaches who in previous years have included Wales coach Warren Gatland, Jessica Ennis-Hill’s coach Toni Minichiello and former England Cricket coach Andy Flower.
Coaches of Frankie Jones, who retired this summer as the most successful Welsh athlete in any Commonwealth Games with one gold and five silver medals, were named winners of the Coaching Chain Award. The Award recognises the coaches who have contributed to an athlete’s success, from firing their interest, or encouraging them in a sport, to developing their talent, to coaching them at the elite level. Her coaching chain consists of six women; Del Walker, who coached Frankie at the beginning of her career; Vicki Hawkins, her club coach when she started rhythmic gymnastics; Nadya Aleksandrova, who coached Frankie for six years, Lisa Higgins, who prepared Frankie for 2012 and Nia Thomas and Jo Coombs, who have coached Frankie since she returned to Wales after the Olympics.

Recognising the impact of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in a year in which Britain’s coaches also found success on the world stage, the judges introduced a new award this year. As head of the skilled team of coaches who helped the Scottish judo team towards 13 Commonwealth Games medals, David Somerville picked up the first Commonwealth Games Coach of the Year Award.

Head coach of Surrey Canoe Club Albert Donovan was named as the Disability Coach of the Year. The win recognises Donovan’s inclusive approach to coaching, his ability to find new ways to solve complex individual challenges faced by disabled participants and his efforts in introducing 500 young disabled people to the sport. He has also helped disabled coaches gain bursaries to help fund their courses.

Chris Facey was named Gillette Community Coach of the Year in recognition of his work with the Newham All Star Sport Academy in keeping young people away from gangs and crime through the basketball academy. The judges were so impressed with Facey’s grassroots work, which includes coaching at more than 20 schools in Newham and neighbouring boroughs and the challenges he had overcome, they awarded him the runner-up trophy for the overall UK Coach of the Year – the first time such an award has been handed out.

The full list of winners is:
Awards for Coaches
• UK Coach of the Year: Gary Street (Rugby Union)
• UK Coach of the Year runner-up: Chris Facey (Basketball)
• High-Performance Coach of the Year: Gary Street (Rugby Union)
• Commonwealth Games Coach of the Year: David Somerville (Judo)
• Coaching Chain Award: The coaches of Frankie Jones (Gymnastics)
• Lifetime Achievement Award: Dave Haller MBE (Swimming)
• Performance Development Coach of the Year: Peter Walker (Sailing)
• Disability Coach of the Year: Albert Donovan (Canoeing)
• Gillette Community Coach of the Year: Chris Facey (Basketball)
• Children’s Coach of the Year: Nicole and Joe Nunn (Judo)
• Heather Crouch Young Coach of the Year: Adam Woods (Water Polo)
Awards in Support of Coaches
• Coach Developer of the Year: Linda Low (Athletics and rugby league)
• Governing Body of the Year: British Triathlon
• Coaching Intervention of the Year: Curriculum Sports Programme – Ulster GAA and IFA

The UK Coaching Awards 2014, supported by Gillette, celebrate the role and performances of coaching and coaches at every level, from community coaches to elite coaches. Gillette’s support of the UK Coaching Awards follows its partnership with sports coach UK as part of the Gillette Great Starts’ campaign.  The campaign was introduced to celebrate coaches and inspire the next generation through the offer of grants awarded through the scheme. Gillette recognise that coaching is an essential part of the future successes of sport in the UK and, together with sports coach UK, is committed to supporting and celebrating coaching in the UK.  
Gillette Brand Manager, Jared Regan, said "Gillette has a rich heritage in sport and we recognise the crucial role that both amateur and professional coaches play across the UK. Coaching is integral to the future success of British sporting talent and our sponsorship of the UK Coaching Awards is part of Gillette’s on-going commitment to coaching and  the future of British Sport. The UK Coaching Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the successes of coaches across the country and it’s a great pleasure to see this year’s Gillette Community Coach of the Year Chris Facey receiving an unprecedented runner up trophy for UK Coach of the Year.”

Please find below two interviews of Gary Street, UK Coach of the Year and Chris Facey, UK Coach of the Year Runner Up.

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