Does your club’s coach or staff member deserve a national award?

August 26, 2021 | by Matt Halfpenny


Nominations from amateur boxing are now being invited for the 24th UK Coaching Awards.

Hosted by UK Coaching, the highly-regarded awards showcase the diverse work of coaches from all walks of life who help people improve their well-being and activity levels.

This year, it coincides with the launch of the Great Coaching Comeback campaign, which is helping to galvanise the nation’s coaching workforce to reinvent, recover and return to coaching following the lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

New statistics released by UK Coaching show that the role that coaches play in inspiring people to be active will become increasingly significant as we emerge from the coronavirus crisis.

72% of the British public saying that coaches and instructors will be important in supporting and encouraging people to get back into physical activity after the pandemic.

The vital work that coaches deliver is also being understood and appreciated more than ever, with over two thirds (69%) of the nation believing it is important for society to value the role that coaches and instructors play in keeping local communities active.

“Our prestigious awards have been designed to ensure all coaches who give so much, from grassroots to the global stage, are recognised,” said UK Coaching’s CEO Mark Gannon.

“Despite the uncertainties through the last year, cancelled events and postponed competitions, we have still heard, read and seen examples of great coaching – essential to supporting healthier and happier communities.

“Great coaching not only enhances sporting experiences but increases and sustains lifelong active lifestyles too – in turn bringing enormous health and well-being benefits.

Coaches have had to work harder than ever to enable children, young people, adults, and elite athletes to follow their dreams, have fun and fulfil their potential, and that’s been no

Awards are split into two categories.

Awards for Coaches

These 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.

  • Community Coach of the Year – Children and Young People
  • Community Coach of the Year – Adults
  • Young Coach of the Year
  • Changing Lives Award
  • Talent Development Coach of the Year
  • High Performance Coach of the Year
  • 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.

*These award categories are not open for public nominations.

Awards in Support of Coaches

These recognise those who recruit, develop, educate, qualify, and/or deploy coaches effectively in the UK.

  • Coach Developer of the Year
  • Transforming Coaching
  • Coaching for an Active Life Award

Public nominations for the awards will close at 10pm on 13th September and will be followed by a rigorous, independent and impartial judging process.

To ensure welfare is at the heart of the UK Coaching Awards, UK Coaching has a strict set of guidelines and criteria, through which an independent judging panel select the finalists.

All finalists are asked to sign and adhere to the UK Coaching Code of Conduct. All nomination information is treated as confidential until shortlists and winners are announced.

For the Awards, UK Coaching uses the broad definition of coaching and welcomes nominations on behalf of coaches, instructors, leaders, teachers, trainers and others who support people to achieve their sport and activity goals.

Nominate a coach for an award.