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9 Jun 2006

Mike Ruddock and Alun PughNominations are now being accepted for the Sports Council for Wales’ 2006 Coach of the Year Awards.

These awards are designed to reward and honour those coaches who work tirelessly on the sidelines to inspire success from grassroots to elite level.

While the nation revelled in the successes of the Welsh contingent at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, coaches across the length and breadth of Wales have been moulding their own young talents into the stars of the future. The Sports Council for Wales is particularly on the lookout for these local heroes who continue to make an invaluable impact on the ground in Welsh communities.

Chair of the Sports Council Philip Carling explains:

"These awards are not just about high profile coaches. We are looking for those coaches at a local or regional level who make a big impact.

"Those coaching youngsters at the local level are just as vital as those who work with elite athletes. It is the coaches at a grassroots level who encourage youngsters into sport, keeping them motivated and active.

"It is crucial that the achievements of coaches – at all levels - are acknowledged in order to raise the profile of coaching."

The winning coaches across eight categories will be unveiled at a ceremony at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Cardiff on 23rd November, 2006.

Last year’s winner of the prestigious Coach of the Year award was former Wales International rugby coach Mike Ruddock who led the Welsh 15 to RBS Six Nations Grand Slam glory in 2005.