Nominations for the 2013 Sports Coach UK Awards were announced earlier this week with England Head Coach Anna Mayes among a shortlist of three for the High Performance Coach of the Year Award.
There was more good news for netball as we have coaches nominated in three other categories this year. Vanessa McErlain-Naylor and Anna Robertson will contend for the Gillette Community Coach of the Year Award; Helen Smith has been nominated for the Children’s Coach of the Year Award and Lynne Booth is in the mix to win the Lifetime Achievement Award.
It has been a hugely successful year for the England team, collecting 12 wins from 13 matches and Anna Mayes has been rewarded for guiding the squad on this incredible run with her nomination.
The England Netball High Performance Manager, Maggie Jackson said “It is fantastic to see Anna getting this recognition after guiding England to a truly historical year. The squad continues to grow and progress with genuine excitement and expectation building ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games. The success on court portrays the excellent work being achieved off it. This is the start of something much bigger, as Anna herself says ‘better never stops’.”
It has already been a successful year in terms of awards for Lynne Booth as she scooped the Grassroots Coach Award at our very own Goalden Globe Awards in September. Her remarkable involvement with the sport extends back to 1967 when she started Riverside Netball Club. 46 years later, UK Sport has recognised her fantastic contribution.
Another name from the Grassroots Coach category to make the shortlist for a UK Sport Award is Vanessa McErlain-Naylor. A UKCC Level 3 coach, she set up Brigg Netball Club 14 years ago and has continuously delivered excellent coaching to her sides which has seen the team achieve great success at local and regional level.
Vanessa is nominated alongside Anna Robertson in the Community Coach category and Anna is another well-known figure in the game. She leads Back to Netball sessions in Hereford and led her team to silverware in a West Midlands Back to Netball festival.
From the Yorkshire region, Helen Smith has been instrumental in the growth of the junior section of Allus Netball Club. She has expanded the club by delivering sessions at local primary and secondary schools. Thanks to this dedication, Helen has been nominated in the Children’s Coach category.
England Netball would like to extend their warmest of congratulations to all of the nominees and wish them the best of luck on the evening of the awards on December 3rd. We will update the results of the evening in due course.