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Coach of the Year

    The Winner of Coach of the Year 2016 Award is Mark Pinner

    Mark Pinner - Athletics

    Mark PinnerMark coaches a squad of young throwers, all year round at Rowley Park as an unpaid volunteer. Mark has had a successful year, having had all of his athletes achieve personal bests in competition and being made an official Welsh   International Athletics Coach.

    Mark is a dedicated athletics coach and it's not just about the top performers for him. He gives his time, support and feedback to all athletes, not only does he give up his time for coaching he also spends many hours researching new training techniques and networking with other international coaches.

    Category Finalists

    Neil Kitching - Football

    Neil is now in his third year of rebuilding Stafford Rangers after six years of sliding down the non-league table pyramid.

    Neil had a successful couple of years and in 2016 his side were crowned Evo-Stick Northern Premier League Division One South Champions. In his time back with the club he has managed to restore the fans' belief and pride in their home town club and develop a winning mentality within his players.

    Mike Carr - Karate

    Sensei Mike Carr has had a tremendous year as coach of Stafford's Ryu Shotokan Karate, taking the club to another level in 2016 and opening a children's club in Cannock, fundraising and running defence classes for women.

    Sensei Mike has had great success with his students amassing 16 medals in international competitions, these including Sonni Wilson, Connie Mae Cartwright, Joe Morrell and Joe Belcher. Mike is hoping to be at the 2020 Olympics in a coaching role, he is currently working to become the Midlands Kata coach and the English Assistant Head Coach.

    Sally Kendrick - Netball

    Sally is a volunteer Level 2 Coach at Stafford Netball Club and for Staffordshire County, coaching a wide range of abilities and ages. In 2016 Sally promoted the club locally to a record number of 150 players and a record number of 13 teams entered into various leagues.

    Sally coaches the Ladies Diamonds team who currently hold the No1. position in the Stoke and Stafford Ladies League. She fully embraces her commitments as Vice-Captain of the club, personally obtaining grants and funding to enhance facilities available to benefit players, coaches and the community.  

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