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24th November 2009, 3:38pm
Lincoln in the running for sports coach honour
Work in the Sport, Coaching and Exercise Science department The University of Lincoln is in the running for a national honour in recognition of its work to help the region’s sports coaches reach the top of their game.

The University has made it through to the finals in the UK Coaching Awards in the Coach Educator of the Year Award category. The accolade recognises those who have made a significant contribution to the development of coaching in the UK through delivery of effective education programmes.

The awards ceremony, which is hosted by Sports Coach UK, will take place at Old Billingsgate in London on Tuesday 8 December 2009.

The University, which was nominated for the award by the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, provides education packages for sports coaches at community, county, regional and national level.

It supports the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP) by offering facilities and expertise to deliver free workshops for exceptional local athletes and their coaches. It also launched the Lincolnshire Coaches' Network – a free forum where sports coaches can share problems and gain access to education programmes.

David Piggott, Senior Lecturer in the University's Department of Sport, Coaching and Exercise Science, said the award nomination recognised the impact of the Lincolnshire Coaches Network.

He said: "We have been helping coaches from different sports and different backgrounds to share ideas and see beyond the traditions and preconceptions of their own local coaching knowledge. The network encourages coaches from all backgrounds to reflect critically on their conduct, stimulated by ideas from outside of their natural communities."

Staff from the University will travel to London for the awards ceremony next month alongside representatives from the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership.

Robin Wright, Director of Sport at the University of Lincoln, said: "This is another clear indication of how well University of Lincoln sport is developing. It is a fantastic achievement to be in the final three in the Sports Coach UK Awards this year. It is also a superb example of how University sport is engaged with the sports industry and the local community. This is a very proud moment for the University of Lincoln, sport in Lincolnshire and across East Midlands."

Dave Carter from the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership said: "We're absolutely ecstatic - it is a reflection of the hard work that has been carried to support coaches, volunteers and professional staff in the fields of coach education."

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