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15 December 2006 PR 06/141

Prestigious award for Loughborough badminton coach

Loughborough-based England and British Olympic badminton coach Andy Wood has been named UK Male Coach of the Year by Sports Coach UK.

Andy, from Derbyshire, was presented with the highly prestigious award at a glittering ceremony held on 13 December, at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

Sports Coach UK is the national coaching foundation, dedicated to guiding the development and implementation of a coaching system for all coaches at every level in the UK.

It holds the coaching awards each year to honour coaches who have achieved outstanding success over the past twelve months. The event is seen as one of the most prestigious within the industry and is attended by some of the most important and influential people in sport and coaching. Previous winners include Sir Clive Woodward, Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Alf Ramsey.

Andy Wood is England and British Olympic doubles coach, and is also the coach at Loughborough’s Badminton High Performance Centre. In the last 12 months he has coached England players, including Loughborough graduate Donna Kellogg, to gold medals at the World and European Championships and Commonwealth Games.

Andy’s Sports Coach UK award follows on from the honour bestowed on Loughborough’s director of athletics George Gandy, who was inducted into Sports Coach UK’s Coaching Hall of Fame by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal in 2003. He was awarded the Mussabini medal, which celebrates the contribution of coaches to UK performers who have achieved outstanding success on the world stage.

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  1. Other awards presented at the Sports Coach UK annual coaching awards are:
    The John Bromley Award for UK Male Coach of the Year
    The Helen Rollason Award for UK Female Coach of the Year
    The Lifetime Achievement Award
    The Community Sports Coach Award
    The Young Coach of the Year Award
    The Mussabini Medal and the Dyson Award, awarded as part of the Coaching Hall of Fame

  2. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

    In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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