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26 Oct 2023 3,930

Finalists Revealed for 2023 UK Coaching Awards as Countdown Begins

UK Coaching has announced the finalists in each award category for this year’s UK Coaching Awards – with winners set to be announced at the awards ceremony on December 5th.

The UK Coaching Awards is a national celebration event, regarded as the most prestigious within the coaching community and created to celebrate the remarkable contributions coaches make – from delivering high quality and technical coaching, to supporting participants both physically and mentally.

The awards shine a light on the UK’s coaching workforce, the unforgettable moments they deliver, and their profound impact at every level of sport and physical activity.

From the nominations, an expert judging panel has carefully deliberated and selected the following finalists. 

Awards for Coaches

The following categories will be awarded to coaches:

Change a Life Award, supported by Sport England 

  • Dawn Whitmore-Kirby
  • Gwilym lolo Lewis    
  • Anne-Marie Davison    

Community Coach of the Year (Adults), supported by Sport England 

  • Jack Davey    
  • Lauren Matthews    
  • Ross Goodwin    

Community Coach of the Year (Children and Young People), supported by Children's Coaching Collaborative

  • Luke Carpenter    
  • Tina Gordon    
  • Tara Edwards

High Performance Coach of the Year, supported by UK Sport

  • Adam Elliott
  • Jess Thirlby    
  • Thomas Coyd    

Online Coach of the Year

  • Ian Northcott    
  • Louise Walden-Edwards    
  • Steve Shreeve    

Talent Development Coach of the Year 

  • Kiana Stagg    
  • Joel Enoch
  • Emma Burgon-Kisby    

Young Coach of the Year, supported by Reading Room

  • Gabrielle Reid    
  • Daniel Harry Knight    
  • Bradley Colver    

Awards in Support of Coaches

The following categories will be awarded in support of coaches:

Coach Developer of the Year, supported by Blacks Solicitors

  • Wasim Collins    
  • Lesley Mckenna    
  • Richard Barbour

Coaching Podcast of the Year

  • British Canoeing Coaching Podcast    
  • Coachcast by England Football Learning 
  • Tom Talks Junior Cricket Coaching    

Inclusive Coaching Award

  • Community Boxing Apprenticeship Programme 
  • Typhoons RFU    
  • iCan Fitness    

Find out more about the finalists: Read their Bios here.

UK Coaching’s CEO Mark Gannon reflects on the extensive range of coaching talent, among the announced finalists. He said:

We are delighted to announce our finalists for the 2023 UK Coaching Awards. Across the board we have seen so much talent, passion and commitment amongst our amazing coaching workforce, and this year’s finalists represent the best of our nation’s coaches who do so much to support people through sport and physical activity. 

“All of our finalists should be extremely proud of what they have been able to achieve and fully deserve this recognition. We are very much looking forward to celebrating together at our UK Coaching Awards ceremony, bringing together the coaches that are going above and beyond to deliver outstanding experiences and make a real difference in their community.” 

The awards will be held on 5 December at the Queens Hotel in Leeds.

Find out more about this year’s finalists and the awards.

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