UK Coaching – Children’s Coach of the Year – Winner
David Walsh, a children’s sports coach was recently crowned Children’s Coach of the Year at this year’s UK Coaching’s annual awards. David who comes into The JCB Academy to coach learners during their extension activities and PE sessions scooped the award at a glittering ceremony in November at The HAC, London.
Coming from a troubled background, David Walsh found that sport provided an alternative pathway to a more positive life, and he now inspires children experiencing similar difficulties to follow suit.
David works for Sporting Communities CIC as their Derbyshire development officer and has pioneered several innovative projects that, as well as physical activity, have social development at their heart. The largest has been ‘Cook, Eat, Play’, which targets children in poverty who are on free school meals, or whose family access food banks. The scheme, which has so far engaged more than 300 children, provides guidance on healthy food preparation and eating, and allows children to access free sports activities.