As we saw during the Olympic Games, the role of a coach is crucial to a successful performance. But a coach can be more than that. They are a motivator, a role model, a councillor or even just a friend when the going gets tough. Recently, some of Glasgow’s finest were recognised for their hard work.
Glasgow Netball coaching
Glasgow Netball has excelled over the summer months in their development programmes for coaches and officials.
Two umpires and one coach travelled to Australia to be part of a development programme which is designed to enhance learning, increase knowledge and more importantly live the life of a professional official in a full time environment, an aspect of netball they can only dream off.
Excel in coaching
Terri McWaters (Scotstoun Netball Club) was involved in the Glasgow Sport Excel in Coaching Programme and had this to say about his experience.
“I have been coaching with some really great, highly regarded coaches. I spent the 1st 2 weeks in Brisbane observing Queensland's state squads who were about to compete in Adelaide, the 17&under school state squad, 21&under state squad who are competing at the State Championships in Perth and finally their National League Squad lead by former Australian Institute of Sport coach Kylee Sampson.”
“I also had the opportunity of shadowing Sue Hawkins, who is renowned coach in Australia, former England National coach and currently coaching the New South Wales (Waratahs) National League squad. I know that probably doesn't mean much but in the netball world, this is awesome!”
Glasgow Sport Legacy Programme
Tracey Lamb (Scotstoun Netball Club) and Lynsey King (Helensburgh Netball Club), were involved with the Glasgow Sport Legacy programme in partnership with Netball Scotland.
Tracey said “Thank you to Glasgow Life and Netball Scotland for providing funding for me for this event, this particular experience is not accessible in the UK and has been invaluable. It was a fantastic experience and fantastic for development, loved every minute.”
Lynsey was as grateful and enthusiastic “What an amazing experience, to have the privilege to work along side some of the best umpires in the world is a dream come true. I have learned so much from the experience and inspired to take my umpiring to the new level. Thank you to Netball Development and Netball Scotland for an awesome experience.”
In Basketball, two coaches were recognised for their hard work at the Annual West Regional Awards.
West Special Recognition Coach of the Year: John Campbell
John’s contribution in basketball over the years has been remarkable. He spends countless hours every week developing youth basketball in Glasgow and the West.
John is a true gentleman and pleasure to work with. His passion and enthusiasm for the game is truly contagious and his input and knowledge shows through the number of young players he has developed over the years in Glasgow.
John Campbell has been an active coach and member of the basketball scene in Glasgow and Scotland for over 30 years. As a teacher at Hillhead High School he has coached teams to National School titles and produced many internationalists. Johns tremendous input into the running and co-coordinating of the Glasgow Schools Leagues has proven an exceptional asset to raising the profile of schools competition opportunities both within Glasgow and Nationally over the years.
Coach of the Year
West Regional League Coach of the Year: Adrienne Hunter
Adrienne's enthusiasm for the sport and dedication to her club, as well as her commitment to the development of basketball in Scotland, is unparalleled.
Following a 10 year stint coaching Glasgow University’s Women’s Basketball Club, Adrienne set up her new club ‘Glasgow Fever’ who have been competing in the Strathclyde League for the past 2 seasons. Every new player (many of whom have relocated from other regions) benefit from her enthusiasm, positivity and tenacious spirit.
Under Adrienne's guidance the club itself has gone from strength to strength, placing second in the Strathclyde League Basketball Association Senior Women’s League (2010/11 and 2011/12) and steadily growing in registered numbers each year. She makes the most of every opportunity to expand her own knowledge base and skill set.
Adrienne constantly pushes her players past their own expectations, whilst managing to make every game and training session an enjoyable, rewarding and enriching experience, undertaken in the safest possible environment. She consistently goes above and beyond the obligations of a coach, encouraging her players when they need support, mentoring them when they’ve needed guidance and listening to them when they’ve needed a friend.
All of our coaches and officials started somewhere, be it their local club or school team. Could this be you? For more information on coaching opportunities in your area call 0141 287 5811.