Coach / Instructor of the Year Award

Judging criteria

This award will be given to a qualified coach or instructor (Level 1 or above) who demonstrates significant commitment to their chosen sport or activity. Their dedication will have created motivation, enjoyment and constantly improving skill levels in all those that they coach. This person strives to improve his/her own professional development within the sport through attendance at relevant courses and demonstrates an enthusiasm to learn from others. Please try to indicate the level of commitment given by this person in both quality and quantity.


Jon Bigg, (Phoenix Athletics Club): Awarded for his ability to support young athletes to aspire to and achieve the highest possible levels in their sport. Coaching national champions at a variety of age groups, and instrumental in the development of local athlete Charlie Grice, supporting him to become a national champion at Senior level and compete at this year’s Commonwealth Games, Jon's coaching is truly raising the profile of athletics in Brighton & Hove.

Highly commended:

Alison Lewis, Preston Park Youth Cycling Club: Alison is recognised for the wide variety of roles she undertakes introducing people to cycling, including the under-12’s riders at the Preston Park Youth Cycling Club, the Bike Club at Moulsecoomb Primary, and local women only Breeze Network rides.

Bob Page, Arena 80 Athletics Club: A stalwart of the Arena 80 running club, Bob is recognised for his dedication in support athletes of a wide range of abilities to achieve their potential, ranging from Park Run PBs to a World Masters Cross Country V50 Team gold medal.

Matthew Bell, Moulsecoomb Boxing Club: Recognised for his passion and commitment towards working with young people to turn their lives round through participation in boxing

Tim Holtam, Brighton City Table Tennis Club:  Recognised for his fun and inclusive table tennis coaching that has inspired increased participation amongst a wide range of communities including young people, older people, offenders and people with disabilities.