Basingstoke Sports Council

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Coach of the Year


Each year the Local Sports Council provides the sporting community with the opportunity to nominate their coach for COACH OF THE YEAR. The awards are made to those Voluntary and Professional 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.

Professional Coach

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

Kayleigh Fennell (Basingstoke Wolverines - Cheerleading)

Kayleigh took over the role as head Coach at the end of 2015 and has grown the programme from 3 to 5 competitive teams. She is a highly creative choreographer and she introduced Group Stunts at the end of the season where the senior’s placed 2nd at the Nationals, and the juniors placed 5th. Kayleigh has also attended Judging courses and has judged two competitions to date.

Kevin Hall (Basingstoke School of Martial Arts)

Kevin helped set up free Brazilian Jiu Jitsu self-defence classes for Women and the Emergency Services and is the owner and lead instructor for Basingstoke School of Martial Arts. He dedicates all his time to support both Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the club is growing accordingly.   Over the last 12 months the club has produced 3 English, 5 British and 4 European Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champions

Alison Lee (Rising Phoenix - Cheerleading)

Alison’s team entered 18 divisions at 4 competitions, with 65 athletes aged from 5 to adult. They achieved 14 with top 5 results (6 x top 3), 2 sportsmanship awards, 1 Division Champion award, 9 zero deductions. Ali single handedly choreographed every routine from scratch, liaising with music providers to create a custom piece of music for each team. She has assisted 2 senior athletes become qualified coaches with 2 junior athletes on track for the development.

Kevin McAuslan-Crine (Su-Ha-Ri)

Kevin coached the WIKF England team that came home with 8 Golds, 14 Silvers and 12 Bronzes at the WIKF European Championships held in Holland and finished 3rd in the overall medal ranking, along with the men’s team that took Gold at the EKF National Championship. His encouragement and positive energy helps many competitors and he is a sought after coach. Kevin still competes in major competitions, winning medals as he does so.

James Macintosh (Totally Tennis)

James holds the LTA Coaching Badge and has passed all the Lawn Tennis Coaching Levels with flying colours. He mentors young coaches as part of his role as Head Coach and coaches the club’s top players both individually and in performance sessions. James regularly competes in the local leagues, and also works with the disabled players. He is a dedicated and motivated young man who is popular with all players.

Ron Peploe (Basingstoke Kickboxing)

Ron dedicates himself to the club and provides innovative training and creative classes, along with being a formidable world class fighter himself. Outside of training Ron spends lots of time with the team promoting BKO’s activities, which has created a very close bond with the team. Earlier this year Ron took a group of adults and children to a week-long boot camp in Hungary to train with the world’s top fighters. He is currently working on various activities to raise money to fund the children who can’t afford to compete in tournaments.

Chloe Pullen (Basingstoke Wolverines – Cheerleading)

Chloe is Head Coach of the development squad, Shadowcats, which has 25 plus girls attending each week for an hour. She plans and runs the sessions, to include tumble and team building. Chloe also competed in the Senior Squad Storm, whilst being an assistant coach for Youth team Mystique and newly formed Junior Level 2 squad Rogue. In 2016 Chloe enhanced her USAF qualification to Level 5.

Doug Sheppard (Basingstoke Bison)

Doug coached the Basingstoke Bison to become 2015-16 England Premier Ice Hockey League Champions. This was the club’s first league title in 23 years and was Doug was awarded the 2016 EPL Coach of the year. He continues to bring through local players into the team.

Ellie Siddalls (Basingstoke Wolverines - Cheerleading)

Ellie started the season as a Junior Volunteer coach, but her enthusiasm and commitment lead her to getting her qualifications and becoming an Assistant Coach. She attends every training session, makes it fun and always shows patience and encouragement when helping the athletes. Successes for her squad, Rogue, include being placed 7th, 8th, 8th and 4th in four major competitions against outstanding talent.

Lisa Scarborough (Basingstoke Hockey Club)

Lisa, as coach of the Basingstoke Hockey Club Ladies 1st XI, has led the side to promotion from South Div 3B. Instilling an ethic of “Give the player next to you the game of their life” she has created a cohesive and supportive squad for the future and has also influenced other teams throughout the club. She is the ultimate professional, issuing weekly session plans to all teams and is always on hand to offer advice and support.

Professional - 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.

Volunteer Coach

Volunteer coaches are a very important part of all sport with countless people giving up their time and experience to assist others. Basingstoke has a wealth of such people with six excellent nominatons this year. All other coaches should all applauded for the contribution to local sport.

Russell Amos (Basingstoke Rugby Club)

Russell is a Level 2 qualified coach who’s ethos is to teach his players to love the game and to give them the tools to play to the best of their ability. He gives up many hours of his time to do this, and even the time he spends at home is invariably spend with a fixture list or coaching plan in his hand. A successful knee operation in July 2014 has also enabled him to get back to refereeing duties.

Tony Bamberger (Basingstoke Bluefins – Disability Swimming)

In 2016, Tony arranged a Gala for members of the Disability Squad, and five members of the squad were chosen to represent the South of England in the Special Olympics 2017. Tony’s dedication enables each of the 26 swimmers to participate and achieve their own personal goals. He encourages swimmers from the main squads to volunteer their time and skills to support the disability swimmers, often finding this inspires them to become disability coaches themselves.

Helen Brooker (Hatch Warren Runners)

Helen organises every Hatch Warren Runners Club Night and is the Coaching Co-ordinator. She is one of the few volunteers that have been involved with the Club since its inception in March 2013. In 2016 Helen obtained her Leader in Running Fitness Qualification and stepped up to lead coaching programs for specific club needs. Helen also master minded the Sunday Loopers sub group which has gone from strength to strength under her leadership.

Ian Cameron / Keone Crockwell (Basingstoke Bluefins Masters)

Ian & Keone joined as coaches of the Basingstoke Bluefins Masters Team in 2016 and made a significant improvement to the team. They coached the team to a British & European record with a current No 1 World Record ranking. They took a team to Europeans coming home with an Individual Bronze and a number of Top 8 finishes and saw 75 Gold Hampshire and 10 National Gold individual titles.

Gerry Lay (Basingstoke Bluefins)

Gerry is a founder member and currently Chair of the Hampshire Waterpolo Network.   Gerry actively recruits members and with over 60 members currently associated with Waterpolo. In 2016, the u16’s finished fifth in Division 2, the men’s team finished 3rd in the South East ASA Championship, A team 4th in Division 1 and B Team 2nd in Division 2. Gerry devotes a large amount of his time to Waterpolo and is keen that it is fully represented as part of the Basingstoke Bluefins Club.

Perveez Mirza (Waverley LTC)

During 2016, Perveez organised events for LTA/GNTW and #IAmTeamGB. These events brought people back to tennis with many beginners and returning players. Perveez followed up these initiatives by running coaching programmes, catering for all levels.   He also organised a 2 day club event and made an application to the LTA for funding. His efforts have resulted in more people being actively involved in the sport.

Michelle Rees (Basingstoke Kickboxing Organisation)

Michelle is a very enthusiastic member of the club who not only gives her time to help with the daily running, but is also heavily involved in the team organisation for Competitions and seminars. Michelle is also the instructor of the Little Ninjas pre-school class, which was her conception, and has now been running for the Club for a year. She has introduced many under 5s to kickboxing in a fun and safe way. Michelle works on a voluntary basis and the club could not run in the same way or be as successful without her.

Coleen Reilly (Taekwondo)

Coleen coaches a student that is ranked 2016 No.1 and another that is National Champion. She regularly attends the British Taekwondo Poomsae and Chungdokwan National seminars. Coleen runs a weekly Taekwondo class and has taken on the role of Lead Coach at Kyorugi after qualifying as a course tutor. She developed and coached a wide range of Bluewave students at competitions, widening opportunities for those who wish to complete.


 Volunteer Coach of the Year 2012 - Colin King (Canoeing)

Colin King Web

Voluntary - 2015 Russell Amos (Rugby), 2014 Marcel Mavronicholas (Basketball), 2013 John Davis (Athletics), 2012 Colin King (Canoeing) 2011 Katherine White (Karate) 2010 Gerry Reilly (Taekwondo), 2009 Andy Compton (Bison U.14 Ice Hockey), 2008 Jonty Spaul (Overton RFC), 2007 Billy Jewers (Basingstoke & MH Athletics), 2006 Mike Tucker (Basingstoke & MH Athletics), No Award in 2003/4/5, 2002 Gary Millar (Overton RFC), 2001 Chris Berry (Basingstoke & MH Athletics), 2000 Anna Fearnley (Storm Netball) & 1999 Graham Watt (Bison Ice Hockey).

Note that Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council co-ordinates various Coaching activities in partnership with the Local Sports Council with details available on this website.

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