UK Coaching Awards 2008

UK Coaching Awards 2008 Winners

Shane Sutton Named Coach of the Year

British Cycling Head Coach Shane Sutton was named Coach of the Year at the UK Coaching Awards on Wednesday evening. The Australian - a key figure behind the dominance enjoyed on the track by the UK's cycling stars - was presented his award by HRH The Princess Royal in a glittering ceremony at the Dorchester in London's Mayfair.

Sutton was also one of seven recipients of the High-Performance Coach of the Year Award, as was Rebecca Adlington's coach Bill Furniss.

Furniss also picked up The Coaching Chain: The Appreciation of Coaching Award along with Linda Bennett, Ian Negus and Glenn Smith. The award celebrates all the coaches that have contributed along the way to an athlete's success - on this occasion Rebecca Adlington - and was presented by the Olympic double-gold swimmer herself.

British Swimming was named Governing Body of the Year while Andy Banks - coach of diver Tom Daley - won Performance Development Coach of the Year.

There was also reward for the dedication and achievements of golf coach John Jacobs OBE - who has worked with players such as Ian Woosnam and Gary Player - and Baroness Sue Campbell CBE, who were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Sport and Coaching Award respectively.

UK Coaching Awards 2008 Winners

  • Coach of the Year:
    Shane Sutton (Cycling)
  • Young Coach of the Year (Supported by sportscotland):
    Duncan Parniss (Hockey)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award:
    John Jacobs OBE (Golf)
  • Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Sport and Coaching:
    Baroness Sue Campbell CBE
  • High Performance Coach of the Year (Supported by UK Sport):
    Jenny Archer (Paralympic Athletics)
    Bill Furniss (Swimming)
    Chris Gowers (Sailing)
    Jurgen Grobler (Rowing)
    Billy Pye (Paralympic Swimming)
    Shane Sutton (Cycling)
    Robert Torrance(Golf)
  • Performance Development Coach of the Year (Supported by the UK Centre for Coaching Excellence):
    Andy Banks (Diving)
  • Participation Coach of the Year:
    Darren Barton (Rowing)
  • The Coaching Chain: The Appreciation of Coaching Award (Supported by the UK Centre for Coaching Excellence):
    Linda Bennett; Ian Negus; Glenn Smith and Bill Furniss (Coaches of Rebecca Adlington)
  • Children's Coach of the Year:
    Gordon Fearn and Martin Tilling (Nottinghamshire Play Sport)
  • Coach Educator of the Year:
    John Mills (Cycling)
  • Governing Body of the Year:
    British Swimming
  • Coaching Environment of the Year (Sponsored by the SkillsActive and the National Skills Academy):
    Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Agency in Support of Coaching:
    Coaching Highland
  • Coaching Intervention of the Year (sponsored by The Media Group):
    Coaching Communities Project as part of the Sports Pathways to Employment Programme. Managed by Sports Structures in partnership with Sandwell MBC

Photography: Charles Glover

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