As one of the event's award sponsors for the Junior Club Coach Award, 1st4sport Qualifications was proud to attend 2007's Coaching Northern Ireland and Lucozade Sport Coach of the Year Awards, held in the beautiful Belfast Town Hall in February.
Speakers included Stephen Martin the Chief Executive of the Olympic Council of Ireland, John Brewer from the Lucozade Sports Science Academy, Cllr Ruth Patterson who is the Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast as well as the Dr Frank Dick OBE, who gave an motivational talk which was highly amusing and anecdotal, challenging and inspirational, making uncomfortable listening for anyone prepared to accept second best.
The evening was a great success and was enjoyed by all who attended. Thank you to Coaching Northern Ireland for organising the event, which aims to recognise the great achievements of our sports coaches, who support and develop our sportsmen and women and our top athletes of the future.
Pictured below (right) is Jackie Sheldon, the Head of Qualifications Development at 1st4sport Qualifications, as she presents Bobby and Melanie Browning of Athletics with thier award.
The well-deserved winner for the Coach of the Year Award 2007 was Jim Toland, who received recognition for his hard work and dedication in the Martial Arts arena (pictured below).