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Unsung heroes get reward.

The coaching `Oscars', organised by sports coach UK and supported by Sport England, took place in London recently, putting the unsung heroes of the sports world deservedly in the spotlight.

Competition for national awards was intense with more coaches than ever having a real impact at local and national level in what is now a growing professional career option.

Sport England has been working hard with West Yorkshire Sport and Kirklees Council to encourage people from all walks of life in the region to take up a career as a coach, while improving the training and opportunities available to coaches through the government funded Community Sports Coach Scheme.

The impact of the scheme is already being felt right across the country and in West Yorkshire over 75 Community Sports Coaches are now in place, with 14 specifically working with youngsters in the Kirklees area.

These include athletics coach Andy Cook, employed by Kirklees Culture and Leisure Services and based at Newsome Schools Sports Partnership, and Joy Cummings, employed by Kirklees Active Leisure to coach netball.

Sport England is determined to put passionate and professional coaches at the heart of active communities, who will inspire youngsters to get involved and stay in sport, as well as nurturing our future champions.

Sports Minister, Richard Caborn, presenting the awards said:

"Quality community coaches are the backbone of our sporting nation - they inspire and motivate and help nurture our future champions. That's why the government has invested in grassroots coaching to ensure more qualified sports coaches are on the ground, guiding and supporting people across England."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 13, 2005
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