Coach Core Awards Winners 2021

We are delighted to share with you the winners of the 2021 Coach Core Awards. These people and organisations went above and beyond in a difficult year!

By James Burbidge · 14th December 2021

On Friday December 10th we celebrated the amazing people and organisations that make up Coach Core at our annual awards ceremony.

Held at the Oval, we hosted a panel discussion between Scott Hann (GB Gymnastics coach), Eboni Usoro-Brown (GB Netball), Rich Birkett (former Wasps player, now Wasps Women’s Coach) and Hayden Skinner (former Coach Core apprentice, GB gymnast), hosted by Stuart Armstrong (Strategic Lead for Workforce Transformation at Sport England)  before the main event got underway.

“The nominations we got for these awards were simply sensational, everyone here has done fantastically well. We are very proud of everything the programme does and these awards hopefully recognise that.”

Ed Wray, Chair of Coach Core Board



This award celebrates a graduated Coach Core apprentice who has gone on to achieve remarkable things since their Coach Core programme. The winner is Annemarie Roberts:
Annemarie lives & works in one of the most disadvantaged areas in Newcastle. She is employed by Hat-Trick, where she did her apprenticeship, and has been developing new programmes from funding to reporting, creating big increases in local activity & volunteering levels.

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This award celebrates the educator who has surpassed expectations in support of the apprentices they are teaching. The winner is Brogan Jones:
Our first programme in Leicester started & the country went immediately into lockdown. Brogan went above & beyond to ensure the apprentices stayed engaged, taking particular care over those with digital poverty, home schooling & health issues.


This award celebrates someone in the Coach Core network who has made a significant contribution to our mission, has demonstrated Coach Core values and deserves to be recognised for their support and dedication to the programme. The winner is Luke Green:
As central partner, Luke pulled together our Leicestershire programme and led them through going into Covid lockdown just weeks after starting. He knows all the apprentices personally, has secured extra funding for the programme and is committed to building and growing apprenticeship work across Leicestershire.


This award celebrates an individual in an organisation that employs a Coach Core apprentice who has surpassed expectations in supporting their apprentice(s). The winner is Dwayne Murray:
Dwayne works at Hat-Trick where he has mentored two Coach Core apprentices, encouraging them to be themselves and not hold anything back. Both are now full-time employees of Hat-Trick. He is a role model not just for his apprentices, but for the community.


This award celebrates an organisation which embraces the Coach Core ethos and uses the benefits of partnership working to support the Coach Core apprentice(s) they employ. The winner is LS14 Trust:
LS14 are empowering apprentices to shape their own futures, supporting one through their football qualifications and the other through youth work training as they begin to shape their preferred careers. They also provide opportunities to the other apprentices in the group.


This award celebrates a Coach Core apprentice who has surpassed expectations in their programme. The winner is Aura Chacón Godoy:
Aura started her apprenticeship at Leicestershire County Cricket Club never having played cricket before! Despite that she thrived, creating women’s engagement programmes, Zoom and walking cricket classes for the elderly and kids sessions. She is described as ‘infectiously positive’.

You can watch back the livestream of the ceremony here: