Finalists announced for the Coach Core Awards

The Coach Core Awards will celebrate the best of our programmes across 2022, as well as highlighting our 10th year as a charitable programme.

By James Burbidge · 16th January 2023

The Coach Core Awards bring together apprentices, graduated apprentices, their employers and learning coaches, as well as supporters and other partners, to celebrate and highlight everything that makes Coach Core special.

It will also be a moment to mark our 10th anniversary as a charitable programme – and to that end, we want to hear from you! If you have a message, or favourite Coach Core memory you’d like to share with us (that we can make public), then please do so here.

The ceremony will by taking place at The Oval – Surrey County Cricket Club’s pitch – in London on February 8th, 12-2pm. The event will be livestreamed (for free) – please check on our social channels at the time of the event.


The following categories will be awarded:

Graduate of the Year

  • Ahsan Sakandar
  • Aimee Wallace
  • Grace Kane

Learning Coach

  • Arran Brookbanks
  • David Smith
  • Wasim Collins


  • Hat-Trick
  • Leicester City in the Community
  • White Rose Rugby


  • Chris Wade
  • Emma Brown
  • Joel Lock

Most Valuable Person

  • BMS Marketing & Communications Team
  • Christopher Evans
  • Dan Thomas
  • Jane Barr
  • Paul Galvin


  • Chauncey Taylor
  • Hermione Paul
  • Lewis Ritchie
  • Ocean McDonald
  • Zain Khan

Further, this year’s awards will highlight Coach Core’s 10th anniversary as a charitable programme, by presenting 10 Coach Core Champions who have been critical to our growth and success over the last decade.

“The quality of nominations gets stronger every year, which makes our judges’ jobs tougher and tougher. Each of this year’s finalists has a powerful story to tell about their journey and the difference they are making. The impact our employers and apprentices have on their communities is truly amazing, they are delivering sport and physical activity sessions to the people and places they know best, in parks, clubs and often their old schools. As relatable role models they can make their communities – which are often deprived or disempowered – happier and healthier places.

Our external panel of judges from across, and outside, the sector have read about Coach Core’s apprentices, mentors, employers and learning coaches who are all from very different backgrounds and have very different stories to tell about the barriers they have overcome and the impact they are having now. I can guarantee you will be inspired and excited about just how incredible the Coach Core community can be when given the chance to flourish.”

Paul Thompson, National Education Manager

Come back to this page or stay tuned to our social channels to learn more about all our finalists as we profile them over the coming weeks.

Our Sponsor

Lifetime Training are proud sponsors of Coach Core Awards

At Lifetime we work to deliver apprenticeship training solutions that unlock bright futures for people and businesses. Established in 1995, we have grown to become one of the largest providers in the UK.

Lifetime are proud to have been working alongside Coach Core since 2015. During this time our Learning Coaches have been nurturing the potential and supporting the personal development of the next generation of sports coaches across the UK.

“Developing this unique apprenticeship programme with Coach Core has meant that we’ve been able to support local communities and networks, bringing together employers with talented individuals. The programme supports the learners with a springboard for their professional development, providing the opportunity to carve out a career in sports coaching.”
 – Keith Selwood, Head of Partnerships at Lifetime

“Thanks to Lifetime’s energy and passion we have been able to change the lives of so many people around the UK and help the communities around us. The learning coaches play a vital role in not just the education progression of each apprentice, but across their everyday lives too.”
– Gary Laybourne, CEO of Coach Core


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