Go-Ride volunteer, John Gunn, has been named Children's Coach of the Year at the UK Coaching Awards 2013.
The Hillingdon Slipstreamer's coach was presented with the award at an event at the Montcalm, Marble Arch in London yesterday evening.
British Cycling’s Director of Coaching, Education and Development, John Mills, said:
“Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of young people participating in cycling. The growth of the sport is supported by the network of volunteers at Go-Ride clubs across the country and it is fantastic to see the efforts of John Gunn recognised by sports coach UK. The work coaches like John do in ensuring taking part in sport is a positive experience for young people, regardless of their ability, is fundamental to the health of cycling as a whole.
”John’s award is deserved recognition of the real difference to the development of the sport within his community.”
John is head coach of Hillingdon Slipstreamers, a junior cycling club. Within the past 12 months, the Go-Ride Clubmark club has grown to over 320 members and John ensures it caters for the diverse community. Voted by the young people as their coach of the year, John not only strives to excel in his own coaching, but also works hard to ensure the club is welcoming to all, with members achieving their potential whether riding or volunteering.
Although the club places an emphasis on participation and fun, the Slipstreamers have also enjoyed competition success with girls from the club ranked one and two in the under-10 rankings, and under-14 boys from the club taking the top four places at the Ride London event.
For more information on the awards and a full list of winners, please visit: http://www.sportscoachuk.org/people-who-develop-coaches/events/uk-coaching-awards/uk-coaching-awards-2013-supported-gillette