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Search is on for Scottish sports top coaches, officials and volunteers

By Gavin Musgrove

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Winners from the 2019 awards which was the last time the event was held in person.
Winners from the 2019 awards which was the last time the event was held in person.

There is a chance for sports leading coaches, officials and volunteers in Badenoch and Strathspey to be recognised.

sportscotland has announce the return of the in-person Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering (COV) Awards for the first time since 2019.

With nominees and winners ranging from young volunteers to high performance coaches, the awards ceremony recognises the outstanding work and dedication of coaches, officials and

volunteers across Scotland.

The national agency for sport is now calling on members of the sporting community in the Highlands to submit nominations for the sportscotland COV Awards 2022.

They are looking for coaches who have had a positive impact on their sport, club, school or community in one of these roles.

Chief Executive of sportscotland Stewart Harris said: "Each year the COV awards give sportscotland and the wider sporting system the opportunity to shine a light on and recognise the individuals who are integral in the running and delivery of sport in our communities.

"The incredible amount of time and energy that we see from our all the coaches, officials and volunteers is truly admirable and we want to encourage as many nominees to be put forward as possible.’’

Winners at the last COV Awards in 2019 showcased a wide range of individuals such as, Sheila Swan (wheelchair curling) who won high performance coach of the year, Mark Stringer (athletics) who took home the technical official of the year award and Jack Calder (Swimming) who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Volunteering award.

Over the past two years, the COV awards were adapted to a virtual setting during the Covid pandemic to showcase the great work of coaches, officials, and volunteers.#

This year’s event is set to return to the Glasgow City Chambers for a live in person event.

There are 13 award categories, each with different criteria and specification:

young coach of the year;

• Active Schools deliverer of the year;

• community club coach of the year;

• performance pathway coach of the year;

• high performance coach of the year;

• disability coach of the year;

• official of the year;

• young official of the year;

• young volunteer of the year;

• volunteer of the year;

• coach developer of the year; and

• Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nominations are now open and will close on Wednesday 13 July with the winners to be announced at the COV Awards Ceremony on October 4.

For more details click here or visit https://sportscotland.org.uk/coaching/coaching-officiating-volunteering-awards/

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