Young Hockey Coach Wins National Award

The presentation of the UK Coaching Awards took place at a glittering celebration of coaching on Wednesday 17th December at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London. 

Hockey featured in two categories with England Hockey being shortlisted in the top 3 for the National Governing Body of the Year Award, but the hockey glory was taken by 24 year-old coach Duncan Parnis who won the YOUNG COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD!

Duncan Parnis, the UK Coaching Awards' Young Coach of the Year, gives direction to young players during a training sessionAt 24, Duncan has been coaching for eight years.  He is currently an England Hockey Level 2 Coach and is already Director of Hockey at High Wycombe Hockey club where he coaches men’s and ladies squads.  He also coaches Buckinghamshire Junior boys teams and has been involved at regional level.  Duncan, like most hockey coaches in England, manages all this while in full time employment!

After receiving his award in the company of the great and the good of sports coaching in the UK alongside coaches of Olympic stars such as Rebecca Addlington and Chris Hoy, Duncan was clearly thrilled: “It was fantastic to be shortlisted for this award and superb to win it.  I love coaching because of the enthusiasm of the kids and seeing them improve.” When asked what his top tips would be for other young coaches he was very clear: “Be enthusiastic, learn from other coaches, and always strive to be the best you can be."

Development Director Sally Munday was there to witness Duncan collect his award. “It was so fantastic to have Duncan win this award for hockey.  It is great to see one of our young coaches recognised.”

Kate Porter, Junior Development Officer at High Wycombe Hockey Club spoke enthusiastically of the impact Duncan has had at the club: "Duncan joined High Wycombe Hockey Club three years ago and made an immediate positive impact on the club. He changed the way the club approached training and is fully committed to all the teams he coaches. He has encouraged all the coaches to adopt a  framework that he has devised for the coaching sessions they run. It means that all club members now know what to expect from their sessions, have regular feedback and the transition from junior to senior hockey is easier. His involvement with the ladies started with this season and we have already achieved some of our best results. Going forward with our newly merged Wycombe Hockey Club  I expect that his involvement will enable us to achieve our goals for both junior and senior teams."

For more information on the UK Coaching Awards click here.