Nominations open for 2015 NW Coaching Awards

Sion Swifts, whose coach Danny Gallagher picked up last year's NW Coaching Award, pictured at the Foyle Cup parade.
Sion Swifts, whose coach Danny Gallagher picked up last year's NW Coaching Award, pictured at the Foyle Cup parade.

Sports fans from the North West have been invited to recognise their local coaching heroes by nominating them for an award at the 2015 North West Coaching Awards.

The Awards, now in their second year, are organised by the North West Coaching Network to celebrate and honour individual coaches based in the region for their outstanding commitment and successes achieved over the last twelve months.

There are five award categories; High Performance Coach, Talent Coach, Community Coach, Children’s Coach and Young Coach (under 21), and the awards are open to individuals from across different sports and competition levels.

Winners at last year’s inaugural North West Coaching Awards included Sion Mills soccer coach Danny Gallagher.

Danny was named Community Coach of the Year for his tireless work with Sion Swifts FC.

He was subsequently shortlisted for the Sport Northern Ireland Coaching Awards, again winning the prize for Community Coach of the Year, this time for the whole of the country.

Danny’s awards success, which started with his North West Coaching Awards nomination, culminated with him being recognised as a finalist at the prestigious UK Coaching Awards in November 2014.

To nominate a coach, visit www.northwestcoaching.com/awards and simply complete a nomination form by 4pm on Friday February 27.

Nominations will be judged and shortlisted in March and the winners will be presented with their awards in their own club environment in front of their participants and athletes.