Flower Named UK Coach of the Year

England cricket coach Andy Flower was named as UK Coach of the Year and High-Performance Coach of the Year at the 2011 UK Coaching Awards, hosted by sports coach UK.

The double award was due recognition of Andy’s impact on English cricket with the national side climbing the rankings to become the top Test playing nation following the summer series win over India. Over the last 12 months Andy also led England to their first Ashes success Down Under since Mike Gatting’s tour of 1986-7, as well as a Test series win over Sri Lanka, and one-day success against India.

Meanwhile, Four decades of coaching success were recognised when athletics legend Malcolm Arnold was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

This year was another one of multi-podium finishes for Malcolm’s athletes. Dai Greene added the 400m Hurdles World Title to his European and Commonwealth crowns. The Welshman’s victory took the tally of major medals won by Arnold’s athletes, who have also included Colin Jackson and Jason Gardner, to over 65.

Arnold won another award when he was named as one of four coaches of Dai Greene to receive the Coaching Chain Award, presented to coaches who have made a contribution to the development and success of an athlete. The other coaches were Wynford Leyshon, Darrell Maynard and Benke Blomkvist.

A Special Lifetime Achievement Award was made in recognition of the coaching and coach development of cricket legend Graham Dilley.

The former England bowler, who sadly passed away in October, played a key role in the development of a number of international cricketers as a coach at Surrey, Scotland and then as Head Coach of Loughborough University cricket. Players that benefitted from his expertise included Alex Tudor and Hampshire vice-captain and England Lions player Jimmy Adams.

Graham also played a significant role in the development of the women’s game when Loughborough became the first University Centre of Cricketing Excellence for women’s cricket in 2008.

Performance Development Coach of the Year went to windsurfing coach Oli Woodcock who’s junior and youth windsurfing programme continues to feed the youth and Olympic programme with keen, motivated and exceptionally capable sailors.

Judo coach Michael Simpson was named Participation Coach of the Year, the award – supported by sportscotland - recognising the positive impact he has had on the lives of young people in the Middlesbrough area after setting up a schools judo programme.

The Heather Crouch Young Coach of the Year Award winner was archery coach Stephanie Gill. Stephanie’s technical knowledge from her time as an international archer, and personalised and creative coaching has helped her club Deer Park Archers become one of the biggest in the country. In addition the club’s junior section has five national champions, while five of the club’s archers have broken 14 national records.

Children’s Coach of the Year – that was supported by John Lewis Partnership: Partners in Sport - was won by rugby union coach Mike Avis. At Ellon RFC he coaches a number of age bands from under-6 to under-18. He also coaches in the community, in schools and on ‘Street Rugby’, a project in association with Grampian police working with less privileged youngsters with discipline problems.

UK Athletics/England Athletics was named Governing Body of the Year in recognition of their comprehensive, researched, innovative and joined-up approach to the development of a cohesive, well functioning coaching system.

Coach Educator of the Year – that was supported by Coachwise - went to Anita Navin. Her work around UKCC, continuous professional development and coach research has been key to ensuring netball has appropriately skilled coaches at all levels and environments.

AEGON Schools Tennis Programme won Coaching Intervention of the Year. Launched in 2009, the scheme has tackled the problem ofdelivering tennis to a large group of children in a small space, one of two main barriers identified as hindering tennis in schools.

2011 UK Coaching Awards Winners

  • UK Coach of the Year: Andy Flower (Cricket)
  • High-performance Coach of the Year:Andy Flower (Cricket)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award:Malcolm Arnold (Athletics)
  • Special Lifetime Achievement Award:Graham Dilley (Cricket)
  • Coaching Chain Award:Coaches of Dai Greene
  • Performance Development Coach of the Year:Oli Woodcock (Windsurfing)
  • Participation Coach of the Year – supported by sportscotland:Michael Simpson (Judo)
  • Heather Crouch Young Coach of the Year:Stephanie Gill (Archery)
  • Children’s Coach of the Year –supported by John Lewis Partnership in Sport:Mike Avis (Rugby Union)
  • Governing Body of the Year:UK Athletics/England Athletics
  • Coach Educator of the Year – supported by Coachwise:Anita Navin (Netball)
  • Coaching Intervention of the Year:AEGON Schools Tennis Programme

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