Sixteen-year-old Finn Holliday from Uckfield has won the England Squash Young Coach of the Year award.
He received the accolade at a special ceremony last week, at the 2016 Allam British Open in Hull, having learned in February that he was down to the last three in the prestigious national awards.
Finn qualified as a level one coach last summer just after his 16th birthday and his father Stephen who coaches alongside him said the award was fantastic news. “I am very proud of you Finn.”
The awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the “outstanding commitment and contribution of the squash workforce in making squash happen”.
More than 300 nominations were received for the awards which spanned seven categories from Young Coach of the Year to National Volunteer of the year.
Keir Worth, England Squash chief executive officer said: “The annual awards are our opportunity to thank our coaching and volunteer workforce and celebrate the fantastic work they do.
“They are the driving force behind getting more people on court, creating thriving squash communities and nurturing existing and future talent.”
Finn, who is studying for his A-levels at Uckfield Community Technology College, has been helping his father Stephen with squash coaching at Uckfield and Nutley for the past two-and-a-half-years where they have seen a huge increase in squash participation.
Finn helped set up coaching programmes at both venues with both junior and ladies’ teams competing in Sussex leagues. There are plans for a men’s team to follow. Several young players have represented Sussex in various events.
As well as coaching Finn helps in his father’s sports shop Final Score in Uckfield High Street and is considering a career in sport retail and/or coaching but has no definite plans at this stage.
Stephen was nominated in the Coach of the Year category in the awards but unlike his son didn’t make the shortlist.
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