The annual Sports Coach UK Awards take place at the Lancaster Hotel in London this evening with netball receiving nominations in two categories. Coaching Intervention of the Year and Children’s Coach of the Year are the awards that the netball family will be hoping to take home.
Following on the from the excellent recent success for Back to Netball, it won a National Lottery Award for Best Sports Project 2012, the initiative is now shortlisted for the Coaching Intervention of the Year. Back to Netball’s dedicated ‘participant coach’ workforce allows them to further understand the returner participant journey and help develop Back to Netball sessions.
19 full time Netball Development Community Coaches (NDCCs) focus on engaging women who care for children and/or live in deprived areas. England Netball also supports partners employ over 100 coaches nationwide to deliver Back to Netball, as well as employing 24 casual coaches to deliver Back to Netball opportunities in the NDCC local delivery areas.
The NDCC workforce is supported by specially developed workshops and training, and share best practice, while research conducting around the work of the NDCCs has helped refine the Back to Netball programme. StreetGames UK’s Doorstep Approach and Sport Northern Ireland’s Active Communities are the two competitors vying for glory tonight.
Exeter Netball Coach Hilary Edwards has been nominated for the Children’ Coach of the Year Award. Hilary was lead coach of the local authority High Five scheme in Exeter and when the council sports department shut down in 2011 she worked with Exeter Netball Club and outgoing Sports Development Officer to keep sessions going.
Hilary’s work has helped increase the numbers of participants at Exeter Netball Club, with a number of players being selected for the Satellite, County and the Talent & Performance Centres in Devon. This, and her work in schools, shows her ability to coach players of all levels.
Her achievements were recognised when she won the regional South West Coach Award at England Netball’s annual Goalden Globe volunteer awards. Also shortlisted for the Children’s Coach of the Year Award are volleyball coach Tom Middleton and rugby league coach Stephen Whitehead.
They are hoping to replicate the success achieved by National Excel Head Coach, Jan Crabtree a couple of years ago. Back in 2010 she was rewarded for her hard work with the England youngsters by receiving the Performance Development Coach of the Year award.
England Netball will keep you updated with how our representatives get on this evening via our official twitter