Double delight as hockey coaches are honoured

Danny Kerry gives his team talk

England and Great Britain Women’s Coach Danny Kerry has been named High Performance Coach of the year at the UK Coaching Awards.

The star studded awards ceremony recognised 12 winners across 12 different categories with Kerry seeing off competition from Toni Minichiello (Athletics) and Tracey Neville (Netball) to pick up the prize.

Kerry reprised his role as head coach of the England and Great Britain women’s hockey teams in July 2014 and he hasn’t looked back since.

Over the past 12 months he has coached the England and GB Women's Hockey Team to a Commonwealth Silver Medal, World League R3 Gold (achieving Olympic Qualification with a 100% win record) and a Euro Championship Gold Medal, for the first time in 24 years.

Danny has led the women’s programme, with a multi disciplinary staff team of 15 and 31 athletes, that put the players at the centre of driving the legacy they wanted to create for the next generation of players, and how they wanted other people to perceive their sport. This has underpinned the fundamental shift in culture that has led to the recent achievements.

And he was delighted to add to his impressive collection on Tuesday night.

“On a personal level, I’m proud to receive the award,” said Kerry.

"I’m also proud to receive it on behalf of my staff and my athletes, they are incredibly committed. It’s about getting a group of athletes and staff and having a clarity of common purpose and a common way we are going to go about and do things.

“It sounds a simple thing to do but in terms of a coaching challenge that’s pretty massive. I’ve learned a lot in the ten years I’ve been involved in the national level about how you go about getting that purpose.”

It was a double celebration of the hockey world as Wendy Russell, a coach from Brighton picked up the Disability Coach of the Year award for her outstanding work in bringing hockey to deaf people. Russell has worked with UK deaf sport, National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) to bring about a new sign language specifically for hockey as well as growing the participation across the sport, allowing deaf players a chance they would not have otherwise been given. It is the second award she has been nominated for in quick succession, as she made the shortlist for the Sky Sports Sportswomen Community award.

England Hockey would like to congratulate both of our outstanding coaches on their incredible achievements!