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COUNTDOWN TO THE COACH OF THE YEAR CONTEST

13 Aug 2007

Nominations are now being accepted for the Sports Council for Wales’ Coach of the Year Awards 2007.

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

Dave Haller, David Davies

Coaches across the length and breadth of Wales have been moulding their own young talents into the stars of the future and 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 Friday 23rd November, 2007.

Last year’s winner of the prestigious Coach of the Year award was City of Cardiff’s swimming guru Dave Haller.

The man responsible for cultivating the talents of a fleet of world class swimmers - including Wales’ own Olympic, World and Commonwealth medallist, David Davies – was awarded the top honour in the year that Davies swept to gold medal glory in the 1500m freestyle at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

In previous years, the main accolade has been awarded to former Wales International rugby coach Mike Ruddock who led the Welsh 15 to RBS Six Nations Grand Slam glory in 2005.

Dave Haller had his first taste of the title in 2004 preceded by Triathlon’s National Coach Chris Jones (2003), Wales National Rowing Coach Damian Hammond (2002), Welsh rugby under-18 coach Denley Isaac (2001), cricket mentor Tom Cartright (2000), British Lions and Wales National Coach Graham Henry (1999) and cycling guru Shane Sutton (1998).

The categories this year are:

FEMALE COACH OF THE YEAR - open to female coaches who are either employed on a part-time basis or as a volunteer

VOLUNTEER COACH OF THE YEAR: PERFORMANCE – open to volunteer coaches who have had an impact on improved levels of performance at Welsh/UK Level

VOLUNTEER COACH OF THE YEAR: COMMUNITY COACH – open to volunteer coaches who have had an impact on community development eg increasing junior membership at a club

COACH TO DISABLED SPORTSPEOPLE: PERFORMANCE – open to anyone who coaches disabled sportspeople who have had an impact on improved levels of performance at Welsh/UK Level

COACH TO DISABLED SPORTSPEOPLE: PARTICIPATION – open to anyone who coaches disabled sportspeople who have had an impact on or improved opportunities for people with a disability to become involved in sport

TEACHER-COACH OF THE YEAR – Primary – open to primary school teachers who provide sporting opportunities for young people outside of curricular time

TEACHER-COACH OF THE YEAR – Secondary – open to secondary school teachers who provide sporting opportunities for young people outside of curricular time

THE SPORTS COUNCIL FOR WALES’S COACH OF THE YEAR – open to any coach - volunteer or professional

The closing date for all nominations is Friday 22nd of September.

Nomination forms for the Coach of the Year 2007 categories are available from www.coachingwales.com or by contacting Coaching Wales on /

For further information, please contact Lynette Evans at the Sports Council for Wales on /