Paddle board and canoe coach from Fleckney up for national award

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Tony Kerr has been announced as a finalist for the ‘Change a Life’ award by UK Coaching

A paddleboard and canoe coach from Fleckney has been announced as a finalist for a national award.

Tony Kerr, who also teaches kayaking, has been shortlisted for the Change a Life Award by UK Coaching, which recognizes coaches across the country for their work transforming lives and communities.

The trainer was selected for his dedication to the trainees, his ability to coach those with varying needs, to run inclusive sessions and to ensure that everyone involved felt comfortable and confident in the sport.

He said: “I am quite surprised and immensely proud to have been nominated for the Change a Life award. I provide support and encouragement in a safe environment to children and adults who find it difficult to learn, meet new people, challenge themselves or even leave home sometimes.

“With patience, empathy and minor adaptations, I believe anyone can benefit from the sports I coach. Sometimes the biggest challenge for someone is to reach out and ask for help. help and it always touches my heart when he asks me.

“I strongly believe that grassroots sports and physical activity in the local community is extremely important. Physical exercise, especially outdoors if possible, is vital for general physical fitness and mental health. Coaches play an important role in providing safe and enjoyable sports.

The awards are now in their 25th year and the final will take place on December 6.

Mark Gannon, Managing Director of UK Coaching, said: “We are delighted to announce our finalists for the 25th UK Coaching Awards. With over 350 nominations – an impressive number – this year the bar has been raised once again, and while we are fully aware of the power of coaching, our brilliant coaching team continues to surprise us and change lives and communities.

“It is so important that we recognize and thank our coaches as they work tirelessly to support more people in physical activity and sport at all levels – to help build communities, fight inequality and inspire people. to be the best they can be, whatever their aspirations.”

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