CHELTENHAM CYCLING COACH AMONG FINALISTS FOR PRESTIGIOUS UK COACHING AWARDS
The awards honour #GreatCoaching from people and organisations and demonstrates the role coaching plays in transforming lives and inspiring an active nation.
It was announced on 22 October that Nicky Harverson, Club Chair and British Cycling Coach for Cheltenham Town Wheelers has been named as a finalist for the UK Coaching Awards 2020 in the Children and Young People’s Coach of the Year category.
With over three million people coaching regularly in the UK, the Awards will celebrate the outstanding work a diverse array of coaches do in their community every day, enriching the lives of those around them and contributing to healthy and happy lifestyles.
The Award for Children and Young People’s Coach of the Year is given to an individual coach who has excelled and shown outstanding commitment to children and young people in helping meet their sport and physical activity needs and aspirations.
Speaking about her award nomination, Nicky Harverson, said:
“At first, I couldn’t really believe what I was reading, then as it started to sink in, I have felt two overriding emotions. The first is a huge sense of pride in being recognised for doing the work I love. The second is a sense of excitement about what this could mean for the club where I coach.
It has helped me reflect on my coaching journey, which started about five years’ ago. I have coached in schools and at my local club, Cheltenham Town Wheelers, as well as supporting the British Cycling South West Development Centre and helping to run Cheltenham’s community cycling festivals.
I get a huge amount of enjoyment from helping children to learn to ride their bikes, right through to supporting them to compete at a regional and national level. It is the challenge from the young riders that inspires me most and I can honestly say I am better at what I do because of the enquiring minds of the riders that I have had the pleasure to coach.
Being nominated and selected as a finalist feels amazing and I am still finding the words to express how much this means to me.”
Hosted by UK Coaching, the showpiece annual event is seen as one of the most prestigious by the coaching community. A virtual awards ceremony for all finalists will take place on Thursday, 3 December 2020, during which the winners will be announced.