Ulster Hockey launch coaching awards

Helping to launch the inaugural UHU Coaching Awards are Stephen McMurray (Total Hockey), Jonathan McMeekin (Ulster Hockey), David Larmour (Ulster Hockey President) and Julie Doak (Talent Development Coach) Pic: Rowland White/PressEye'Hockey
Helping to launch the inaugural UHU Coaching Awards are Stephen McMurray (Total Hockey), Jonathan McMeekin (Ulster Hockey), David Larmour (Ulster Hockey President) and Julie Doak (Talent Development Coach) Pic: Rowland White/PressEye'Hockey
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Does your hockey coach deserve a top award?

You can put their name forward for one of Ulster Hockey’s inaugural 2015/16 Coaching Awards, sponsored by Total Hockey.

The accolades are to recognise the outstanding contribution of coaches and the role they play in encouraging participation, development and excellence of hockey in the province of Ulster.

As part of the Coaching Awards, there will be three main categories for the inaugural year which will include Children’s Coach of the Year, Young Coach of the Year and Club Performance Coach of the Year.

The Children’s Coach of the Year will highlight those who have developed the skills of children while focusing on enjoyment and lifestyle through sport. The second award, Young Coach of the Year, will look at the important work carried out by coaches to date through his/her coaching achievements and how they have developed the players in their coaching environments.

The final award, Club Performance Coach of the Year, will look at coaches who have helped emerging and talented performers reach new potential and peaks in the sport.

Nominations can be made through the Ulster Hockey website and through the Ulster Hockey social media platforms.

Ulster Hockey hopes with the success in the opening year that they can expand the category list next season to reward as many coaches as possible.

On the recent launch of the new awards, Coaching & Club Development Officer, Jonathan McMeekin said: “The Coaching Awards are an excellent way of showcasing and paying tribute to the great work that is being done in Ulster Hockey. The coaching workforce do so much for the local game and their dedication and commitment to the players they coach is exceptional; it is only fitting that Ulster Hockey pay special tribute to them.

Ulster Hockey is also delighted to have the backing from Total Hockey in the launch of the first ever coaching awards.”

Commenting on the inaugural launch of the 2015/16 Coaching Awards, Ulster Hockey Executive Manager, Angela Platt said: “The Ulster Hockey Coaching awards are an exciting initiative designed to celebrate the role that so many coaches have in developing our sport.

“Effective coaching really does make a difference and recognising and valuing the work of coaches at all levels of hockey is extremely important. The investment coaches provide for hockey through their commitment, hard work and patience is invaluable and I am delighted that Ulster Hockey has created a platform to say ‘thank you’.”