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12/5/2019 6:00:00 PM

UK Coaching Awards 2019

The countdown to a truly inspirational evening of #GreatCoaching is on


UK Coaching Awards

The UK Coaching Awards honour #GreatCoaching from people and organisations, and demonstrates the role coaching plays in transforming lives and inspiring an active nation.

The UK Coaching Awards 2019 will take place at The Tower Hotel London on the 5 December.

Want to join the stars of the show at a truly inspirational evening of great conversation and humbling stories?Tickets are priced as follows:

  • Early bird tickets – priced at £220 each (including VAT).
  • Standard cost is £250 each (including VAT).
  • Early bird tables (10 x tickets) – priced at £2100 (including VAT).
  • Standard cost is £2400 (including VAT).

Early bird tickets and tables are available until the 31 October or when tickets sell out, whichever comes first.

Be the early bird that catches the worm by heading to TryBooking.com to secure your ticket.

To request a table and pay by invoice, please contact us via email

To discuss tickets or if you would like to get involved in sponsoring or supporting the event, please send us a message and a we will be in touch. 

Finalists will be announced in October and November. 

Overall, there are 12 award categories, eight for coaches, three in support of coaches and the Great Coaching Moment of the Year. All honour #GreatCoaching and truly celebrate coaches and organisations that make a difference.

New for 2019 is the Changing Lives Award, which will be awarded to a coach who is leading the way to empower, inspire and connect people from diverse communities to overcome life challenges using the power of #GreatCoaching.

The Awards for Coaches are given to individual coaches who have excelled and shown outstanding commitment in a certain area, or to an individual and/or group over the last 12 months. Collectively, they are:

  • Children and Young People’s Coach of the Year - supported by sportscotland
  • Community Coach of the Year
  • Changing Lives Award
  • Talent Development Coach of the Year
  • High Performance Coach of the Year - supported by UK Sport
  • Young Coach of the Year - supported by Sport Wales
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

And the Coaching Chain, which recognises contributions made by individual coaches throughout an elite athlete’s life in helping achieve their potential.

The Awards in Support of Coaches recognise those who recruit, develop, educate, qualify, and/or deploy coaches effectively in the UK. Collectively, they are:

  • Coach Developer of the Year
  • Transforming Coaching Award
  • Coaching for an Active Life Award - supported by Sport England 

The Great Coaching Moment of the Year, which celebrates a moment in time when a coach’s support and guidance paid off, will be back again this year. The Sports Journalists’ Association will be providing this year’s shortlist which will then be made open to a public vote. Further details will be announced soon.

Tickets On Sale

Tickets for this year's UK Coaching Awards are now on sale

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Last year's Awards

And the 2018 winners were...

The UK Coaching Awards 2018 took place at a special awards ceremony on Thursday 29 November at The Honourable Artillery Company, London.

Awards for coaches

  • Children’s Coach of the Year, supported by sportscotland - Ady Gray (Karate) (Wetherby)
  • Community Coach of the Year, supported by Sport England - Lee Coulson BEM (Multi-sport) (Aberystwyth) 
  • Disability Coach of the Year - Melanie Timberlake (Multi-sport) (Aylesbury)
  • Heather Crouch Young Coach of the Year, supported by Youth Sport Trust - Izzy Cottrell (Multi-sport) (Chesterfield) 
  • High Performance Coach of the Year - Matthew Lawrence (Paracanoe) (Nottingham)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Peter Stanley (Athletics) (Loughborough)
  • Talent Development Coach of the Year - Francesca Lewis (Tennis) (Swansea)

Awards in Support of Coaches

  • Coach Developer of the Year - Richard Cheetham MBE (Multi-sport) (Winchester)
  • Coaching Culture Organisation of the Year - British Canoeing (Nottingham)
  • Coaching for an Active Life Award  - Move More Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland)
  • Transforming Coaching through Technology, supported by Reading Room - Project 500 (South East of England)

Coaching Chain Award

Welsh Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas’ coaches were recognised for the contribution they made throughout his life. The winning coaches were Tim Kerrison, Matt Parker, Rod Ellingworth, Darren Tudor and Debbie Wharton.

Coaching Hall of Fame

Head coaches of GB’s gold medallists from the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games were inducted into UK Coaching’s hall of fame. 

Amanda Pirie, coach to Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jennifer Kehoe, who won gold in the alpine skiing women's slalom, and Eric Bernotas, coach to Lizzy Yarnold, who won gold in the women’s skeleton, were presented with Mussabini Medals (named after pioneer sports coach Sam Mussabini) to acknowledge their hand in creating GB Winter Olympic and Paralympic success.

Great Coaching Moment of the Year 

Kris Stafford, Stephen Quinn and Harrison Marshall of Old Otliensians RUFC – 2018 RFU Junior Vase (Rugby Union) (Otley) won the new for 2018 Great Coaching Moment of the Year. Open to a public vote, which concluded on the night of the Awards, the Old Otliensians managed to field of stiff competition from Tracey Neville and Gareth Southgate to take the gong which celebrates a particular moment in time when a coach’s support and guidance really paid off.

Photographs from the event can be viewed and downloaded via our Flickr account

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