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NI lands double at UK Coaching awards night

By Robert Jones

A Belfast badminton coach working with developmental athletes and a major Ulster University sports volunteering programme have been crowned winners at the prestigious UK Coaching Awards last night in Manchester.

Ulster Badminton's Emerging Performance Squad Coach Andrew Stewart was named Performance Development Coach of the Year, with Ulster University's Ulster Sports Outreach Programme winning the prize for Coaching Intervention of the Year at the ceremony, hosted by sports coach UK.

Both winners had been nominated for the awards following their victories earlier this year at the 2015 Sport Northern Ireland Coaching Awards in recognition of their outstanding contribution to local sport.

Stewart was recognised for the excellent work he has undertaken with Para Badminton European Champion Niall McVeigh and some of Northern Ireland's top junior players.

Ulster University's Sports Outreach Programme was recognised for its outstanding work to widen access to sport and physical activity to disadvantaged young people across Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland coaching talent was also represented by Belfast Deaf FC Coach Brian Babb, winner of the Sport NI Disability Coach of the Year, who was recognised as a finalist for Disability Coach of the Year.

Sport NI Chairman Brian Henning said: "I am delighted to see the outstanding work of Andrew Stewart and those involved in the Ulster Sports Outreach programme recognised at the very highest level.

"It is a great source of pride to see local talent and passion for coaching recognised."

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