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Coach of The Year awarded to Council employee

Published Tuesday, 29th September 2015

Worcestershire County Council employee Sally Gleaves has received the city's Coach of the Year award in recognition of her dedication to, and teaching of martial arts over the last fourteen years.


Sally received the prestigious award at the City of Worcester Sports Awards 2015 hosted by Steve Cram CBE on 17 September at the University of Worcester Arena.


Sally started learning Taekwondo at the age of nine and is now a 4th dan black belt.  For the last fourteen years she has been coaching in the sport as well as training, inspiring and supporting other athletes to achieve national and international success.


As well as her commitment to the martial arts, Sally is an Adult Learning Programme Manager for the County Council's Libraries and Learning Service.


Sally said: "I was thrilled to win the award.  To be honest it was great to just be nominated as this made me feel really appreciated by my learners, which is really important as I do put in a lot of work behind the scenes. 


"My martial arts coaching made me realise how much I enjoyed teaching. Through my teaching I have gained numerous skills which have equipped me for my new role with the Libraries and Learning service as an Adult Learning Programme Manager.  I hope that my achievements will inspire other learners to reach their full potential, not only in martial arts but also on their own individual coaching and teaching journeys. "


Kathy Kirk, Libraries and Learning Service Strategic Manager, said: "We were delighted to hear that Sally had won the Coach of the Year award, it's a great achievement and we would all like to pass on our congratulations to Sally."