Coach of the Year 2017

This award is made to the coach who has given up their time and invested their expertise, selflessly, to help those interested in sport to develop their talent and to realise their full potential. This award is proudly sponsored by UCLan.

Highly Commended: Sam Fitzpatrick
Sam coaches at Preston Pride Basketball Club, where he has the role of senior coach for the juniors running holiday camps each school holiday, going out to local schools running taster sessions. Each week coaching the juniors under 16s National League, Under 14s and the women’s team. The women’s team were runners up last season in MABL.

Winner: Claire Howard

Claire has been coaching since 2000, she has taught 24 pupils to 1st Dan black belt and 4 to 2nd Dan black belt. She used to lease a local school and dance studio, but now has her own club. The premises were in disrepair and Claire self- funded the project and worked hard in the renovation of it. She takes care of administration and fund raising. She teaches life skills and is a fabulous friend and confidant to all.