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Updated: Nov 21, 2019

Senior men’s head coach for Wales, Zak Jones, is named as a finalist for the High Performance Coach of the Year for the UK Coaching Awards 2019.

Previously a national player for Wales himself, Zak Jones is the current head coach of the senior men’s team for Wales and has been a part of the Hockey Wales coaching team for over ten years.

With over three million people coaching regularly in the UK, the Awards will celebrate the outstanding work a diverse array of coaches do in their community every day, enriching the lives of those around them and contributing to healthy and happy lifestyles.

Jones has guided the national team to the top tier of international hockey as they now compete in the EuroHockey Championships against the worlds best. In 2015 the team were competing in the EuroHockey Championships III, but after a promotion to the EHC II for 2017, his team reached new heights as they were promoted again to the EHC for the 2019 competition, a place they hadn’t seen for 20 years.

Following their double promotion, Wales men retained their spot in the championships, which generated their highest ever FIH World Hockey ranking.

Speaking about his nomination, Zak said;

I’m very honoured and humbled to have been nominated in this category, especially given the depth, breadth and success of coaching talent across the UK. I’m also very proud of the Wales Hockey Senior Men’s staff and athletes and I see this recognition very much as a reflection of their achievements and all the hard work, effort, commitment and sacrifices they make. As a coach, I endeavour to create an enjoyable environment where both athletes and staff take ownership, can develop and flourish and realise their true potential. I encourage them to seek excellence and continual improvement and try to inspire them to be the best version of themselves, both on and off the field.


Mark Gannon, CEO of UK Coaching, spoke highly of the calibre of nominees:

The standard of nominations we received this year has been phenomenal and truly demonstrates the diverse coaching talent we have in the UK. These awards are a chance for us to celebrate the work our coaches do every day of the week, and the role they play in making people around them healthier and happier. We believe Great Coaching has a positive impact on society and builds connections in the community. The power of coaching goes further than sport itself – it enriches life skills and gives people confidence to be the best they can be. Congratulations to all those who were nominated, and of course our finalists. The UK Coaching Awards is always a special occasion and we cannot wait to shine a light on the exceptional work of our coaches.

The UK Coaching Awards recognise and celebrate the work of people and organisations who are making a significant impact on Great Coaching. They shine a light on the role coaches play in transforming lives and inspiring an active nation.

The ceremony takes place on Thursday 5 December 2019 at The Tower Hotel London. You can secure your place at a truly inspirational evening of great conversation and humbling stories that are guaranteed to touch the soul, visit: https://www.trybooking.com/uk/book/event?embed&eid=8328

Congratulations Zak on an incredible achievement!

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