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National sports charity StreetGames have picked up two prizes at the prestigious UK Coaching Awards which were held at London’s Montcalm Hotel in Marble Arch.
The charity picked up the Coaching Intervention of the Year Award for its approach to educating coaches working in deprived communities while the StreetGames Head of Workforce and Education Justyn Price was named Coaching Educator of the Year.
"The positive impact that a coach can have on the lives of young people can not be underestimated,” said Price.
"Thanks to the support of our partners and the StreetGames network, we have been able to develop a programme that provides opportunities for young people from disadvantaged areas, including those with no formal education or previous experience.
"Over the past year, the foundations of the training programme have been laid.
"2014 is about expanding the programme to give more coaching opportunities to young people who can use their new skills and qualifications in their local communities.”
StreetGames, who are a national partner of Sport England, has focused its front-line coaching recruitment on young people within disadvantaged communities, helping them to become high-quality multisport coaches.
The charity has devised a radically different approach to traditional coaching education programmes that specifically addresses the needs of volunteers and learners within disadvantaged areas.
The StreetGames Training Academy was established in partnership with Coca-Cola Great Britain.
To date the programme has engaged over 1,300 volunteers to take on leadership roles in their local communities, with young people now delivering an average of 5-10 hours of high-quality coaching every week in their local community.
Through a network of over 250 projects and 8,400 volunteers, the organisation work to make sport accessible to young people in some of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.
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