Whaley Bridge’s Simon Watts won the High Performance Coach of the Year Award at the 25th annual UK Coaching Awards.
That celebrated his work from grassroots in school clubs to working with elite athletes at Olympic Games
Working with British Cycling and the GB Cycling Team as a centralised coach for 17 years, Simon has since changed roles to work for a British based professional team, the INEOS Grenadiers Cycling Team.
His enthusiasm for the sport, and the dedication he has shown to help cycling, and particularly Mountain Bike Cross-County Racing grow, has seen him land the prestigious award from UK Coaching, shining a spotlight on those who have gone above and beyond in transforming lives and communities through sport and physical activity. Simon Watts at the national coaching awards. “This has completely blown me away,” he said.
“I didn’t expect to win at all and this is a huge honour just to have the opportunity to attend the awards.
“I have been lucky enough to see and meet so many people involved in coaching across many areas, but to come away with an award is humbling and an amazing recognition.
“Coaching at the grassroots all the way to high performance sport, it’s given me a huge sense of fulfilment and the chance to work with amazing people. It blows me away day to day, sharing experiences and sharing moments with them.“Setting up an environment where they can feel comfortable, they can thrive and go on to be the best they can be at whatever […]
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