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Foundation coach shortlisted for prestigious UK Coaching Hero award

07 June 2021

Foundation community coach Josh Gelder has been nominated for a UK Coaching Hero award following his tremendous work in the Doncaster community throughout the pandemic.  

The UK Coaching Hero award, launched by UK Coaching during ‘UK Coaching Week’, recognises the impact that coaches have had on their communities during the last 12 months.  

“I am absolutely delighted to be nominated”, explained Josh. 

“The Foundation have a team of brilliant coaches that are all very passionate about making a difference in their community – to have that passion recognised is a brilliant feeling. 

“I love my job and the work that we do in the community, supporting young people to be more active.”  

Josh worked on a number of Foundation school initiatives throughout the pandemic, including a literacy-themed live school workout that was virtually attended by 127 local children.  

“Before the pandemic, Josh had never delivered any online sessions”, explained Foundation Sport Development Officer Kelly Jackson-Powell.  

“With the challenges that Covid restrictions had created, Josh worked tremendously hard to adapt our delivery so that he could deliver safe and engaging sessions on platforms like Zoom and YouTube. 

“We’d like to thank Josh for his work for the Foundation and will hopefully see him go on to win the award!” 

Josh is now back delivering face-to-face sessions in the Foundation’s partner schools in line with the government's latest Covid-19 guidance.  

You can vote for Josh, here.  

Foundation coach shortlisted for prestigious UK Coaching Hero award