Charlotte Elliott wins Club Coach of the Year 2022   18/05/2022

Congratulations to Charlotte Elliott from Newcastle Netball Club for winning Club Coach of the Year 2022.

Due to the restrictions caused from the pandemic, this is the first time since 2019 we have been able to recognise and celebrate the tremendous work of our coaches, officials and volunteers as well as performances of our players.  With restrictions lifting in January 2022, we have been able go out to the communities to present award winners in their school or club.

Thank you to everyone that nominated.  We were overwhelmed with the number and quality of the nominations across the award categories, this shows that there is massive support for our workforce and players, we are truly are a #netballfamily.

Winners will automatically be put forward for the Sport NI 2022 #Sportmakers awards.

Lisa Venney, the nominator for the Club Coach award had this to say:

Charlotte has grown participation in the club by 300% in the past year and has overseen Newcastle's inaugural participation in the Netball NI adult league. Furthermore, she has coached junior players to the highest level, with Annie Elliot selected to represent Northern Ireland at U17 level, and Tess McAleavey selected for the Northern Ireland Development Squad. Although Newcastle Netball Club are still finding their feet in terms of team cohesion and performance, the biggest compliment the club gets is the fact that every team is genuinely looking forward to playing against the club, because they know how friendly the players are. This is largely down to the sense of community Charlotte has fostered within the club, where everyone starts out on an even foot - largely playing the position they most feel comfortable with - in order to give everyone of all ages and abilities, a time to shine.

Head of Workforce, Tom Causer commented on the award:

"Charlotte has been a very dedicated coach having grown the club's participation in the last 3 years as well as more players been selected for the performance pathway.  She was quick to get her Level 1 coaching qualification in 2017 and just recently become a Level 2 coach. It was clear from the start that Charlotte was keen to learn and develop all aspects of her coaching."