Holden celebrating England Athletics South West coaching award

NORTH Somerset AC had reason to celebrate this month with news that one of their club officials has won a regional award.

Bruce Holden was flying the flag for the club at the annual England Athletics South West Volunteer Awards as he was named the winner in the Coach of the Year section.

Proud man: Bruce Holden

On the England Athletics website the following tribute was made to Holden after revealing his success.

‘The restrictions imposed by lockdown gave North Somerset AC’s throws coach, Bruce Holden, an opportunity to improve and expand his coaching delivery, in turn enabling his group of athletes to achieve even more.

‘His detailed knowledge of movement patterns meant he could develop training programmes for his athletes to work on key areas, despite Covid and this has resulted in impressive progress in performance.

‘Understated in his approach, Bruce has developed a great rapport with his training group and makes himself available to coach both for small groups and one to one and as a result his group is setting an impressive series of personal bests as well as breaking records.’

As already revealed on the blog Holden wasn’t the only local success with Yate & District AC named club of the year while Ellen Taylor and James Viner, both club members, were also winners.

Taylor won the ‘Unsung Hero’ category and Viner was ‘named Young Volunteer of the Year’.

In addition from Bristol & West AC Henrietta Anstey was successful in the ‘Newcomer to Officiating’ category.

Well done to all these marvellous people without whom the sport would be much the poorer.

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