SMALL community school Kialla West Primary School celebrated on Friday as their Hockey coach and local Shepparton woman, Therese Nicholson was named ‘Best Community Coach’ in Victoria for term 2, 2011.
Therese, who was only introduced to the sport of hockey for the first time this year, topped a field of 30 coaches statewide. The award recognises Therese’s outstanding achievement in coaching within the Australian Government’s Active After-school Communities (AASC) program.
The AASC program is a national initiative that provides primary school children with access to free sport and other structured physical activity programs in the after-school time slot of 3.00pm to 5.30pm.
The program aims to engage traditionally inactive children in sport and other structured physical activities and through positive and fun experiences, helping them develop a love of sport that inspires them to join a local sporting club.
Therese said, “I am delighted to receive this award. I very much enjoy working with the AASC program because of its success in getting kids active and healthy in a fun and safe environment.”
“Because the program is fun and non-competitive, kids of all abilities and fitness levels enjoy getting involved. It’s so rewarding to see the kids getting active, finding their passion for sport and developing healthy habits for life.”
AASC Victoria State manager, Darren Harris said, “high quality coaching is essential for the success of the AASC program and this award is one way of recognising coaches like Therese, who excel in this area.
“Therese is an inspiring coach who has consistently delivered high quality coaching programs throughout her involvement with the AASC program and has helped develop Hockey in the Goulburn Valley region. It’s obvious how much the children are enjoying themselves and developing under Therese’s coaching.”
Therese will now go on to be assessed against state winners nationwide, where a National winner will be decided.