Basingstoke Sports Council

Serving Basingstoke's sporting community for over 25 years.


Each year the Local Sports Council provides the sporting community with the opportunity to nominate their coach for PROFESSIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR. The awards are made to those coaches who local sport relies upon to recognise their involvement during the year. Nominations should be made for coaches who have been committed to providing the highest standard of coaching to their performers, whether it be with individuals or teams. They should have made a significant impact in their sport, helped other coaches to develop and have a positive and encouraging role model attitude that has inspired and made an impact on others.

The local sporting community can and are encouraged to make nominations between September 1st and December 1st with nomination details and forms available via the Borough Council Website and the Professional coach of the Year will receive a cheque for £100 alongside their trophy. Nominations for 2017 are -

Lindsey  Andrews  (Karate/Kung Fu)

In 2017, Lindsey combined coaching two people to gold medals at the European championships with community outreach and charitable work for important local and national charities. She researched, choreographed and launched her own successful fitness classes and continues to be an Ambassador for equality within Sports and the Martial Arts.  Lindsey attends regular seminars to improve her technical skills and she attends workshops both in person and virtual to improve her coaching skills and knowledge. She uses online learning facilities such as Sports Coach UK and also Udemy to pick up new knowledge and she trains daily with other instructors from Shin Gi Tai.

Zarra Ellis (Wessex Wyvern MPC)

Zarra completed her level 1 swimming teacher’s certificate and started teaching swimming at the Sports Centre not long after. She swam herself in a squad and was able to apply this knowledge very quickly to her club. She is willing to do extra sessions such as boot camps, and is willing to step in and step up whenever required. Zarra is very patient and explains drills and sets to the children clearly so they all understand what they are doing (The children in her lanes range from age 6 all the way up to age 12). Zarra is hard working and committed and always willing to learn more and develop her own skills as a coach.

Kayleigh Fennell (Cheerleading)

Kayleigh coached the Queens Cheerleading squad to win the Future Cheer Internationals in Europe and to become National Champions achieving the highest level 2 score over 42 teams. She also coached Basingstoke Wolverines Senior Level 3 co-ed team to become National Champions at Legacy Cheer and Dance National Competition. Both teams competed at ICC British Open where the high scores achieved led to an invitation to compete at ICC’s battle of Champions. Kayleigh introduce a working with schools programme and her dedication has seen the Wolverines Programme rise to six competitive teams as well as a development squad with over 120 members.

Kevin Hall (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Taekwondo)

Kevin is an inspiring coach that continues to produce some of the best talent in the UK. In 2017 he coached 1 Junior European Champion and 1 Adult European Medallist along with 1 Junior English Champion and 2 Adult English Champions as well as 1 Junior British Champion and 1 Adult British Champion. Kevin also supports the national organisation ‘Grapple Cancer’ by fundraising and he organised a club team to run in the Basingstoke half Marathon. He spends weekends supporting and encouraging students at the highest levels, and has created an environment for people of all age, sizes and abilities to become more confident on and off the mats.

Alison Lee (Cheerleading)

Alison coaches at Rising Phoenix Cheer where her enthusiasm and commitment to cheerleading is infectious to everyone around her and inspirational to all that know her. She is a National and International champion hoping to get to the World’s biggest Cheerleading competition. Alison has sole responsibility for leading the coaching staff and ensuring they are all kept up to date with trends in routines, music and rule amendments. In 2017 she took 4 teams to 3 competitions, entered 11 divisions and achieved 9 top 3 results – the clubs best season yet.

Kevin McAuslan-Crine (Karate)

Kevin coached the WIKF England team that came top of the medal table at the WIKF World Championships and still competes in major competitions himself, winning medals. He constantly improves himself by getting advice from Sensei John Wicks who is the WIKF’s World Chief Instructor. As a coach, Kevin has raised many children’s beliefs and given them confidence that they can compete and win medals not only in smaller competitions, but also major competitions across the country and abroad.

James McCallion (Disability Gym Jones)

James is a coach at Dynamic Total Fitness where he trains people from all walks of life. He has fully completed the Level 3 Gym Jones Course in USA and has coached clients to compete at the Para Bench Open, and OCR World Championships. He has a client who recently won the British Paralympic title 62kg+ Category and his positive attitude towards everything he does is well respected amongst his clients.

George Peploe (Kickboxing)

George is passionate about coaching fighters to grow past what they believe is capable and always gives 100%. In 2017, with more club members entering tournaments, travelling to international tournaments and many GB squad spots being trained for. George coached BKO fighters at the Irish Open World Series Tournament and Flanders International Kickboxing Cup plus attended seminars to learn training exercises and strategies from other clubs and champion fighters. He is always looking for other ways to achieve results through training methods and tactics and keeps on top of new developments within the sport.

Dave Savage (Triathlon)

Dave grew Savage Triathlon Club Basingstoke significantly in 2017, after the formation of the club at the end of 2016. He created a unique environment for athletes of all abilities to thrive from novices to first triathlons to those competing internationally at European and World Championships. He always encourages questioning of his coaching and also launched a series of online coaching resources to make the sport more accessible. Dave uses his experience as a former athlete to help guide club members though any technical, physical or mental difficulties.

Professional Coach Previous Winners ....

2016 Lisa Scarborough (Hockey), 2015 Paul Hamilton (Judo), 2014 Bryan Andrews (Martial Arts), 2013 Anne Bidmead (Gymnastics), 2012 Claire Williams (Basingstoke Gymnastics) 2011 Bryan Andrews (Karate) 2010 Nigel Long (Totally Tennis), 2009 Kevin McAuslan-Crine (Karate), 2008 Anne Bidmead (Basingstoke Gymnastics), 2007 Shane Deacon (Totally Tennis), 2006 Janet Allabush (Basingstoke Gymnastics), 2005 Jim Dixon (Basingstoke RFC), 2004 Ernie Howe (Basingstoke Town FC) & 2003 Ed Campbell (Bison Ice Hockey). No Awards previously

Basingstoke is fortunate to have a wealth of very professional, talented and dedicated coaches within the various clubs and a high standard of nominations have been received this year.

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