Monday 3rd – Sunday 9th June is National Coaching week. Throughout the week we encouraged our social media followers to share stories of their coaches and their experiences as coaches. We have so many amazing coaches within the County, but we could only publish a selection.

Below are some of Essex’s coaches, sharing their stories of the year so far –

Jane, Active Essex’s Coach of the Year 2018

“As a Coach and Instructor at Chelmsford Karate Club I am teaching people of all levels, from those who have just started training to those competing at the highest levels, Nationally and Internationally.

As a competitor myself, many years ago, I always saw how inspirational my England team coaches were and I vowed if I was ever in a similar situation, I would try and do the same. My parents were both instructors and I try to live up to their standards. I don’t see my role of Coach as someone who just teaches Karate as someone who teaches the technical elements, I teach life skills, I give confidence, I shape people’s lives, I build a community of people.

As a coach I use every opportunity to inspire, to lead, to build, to shape. Hopefully everyone takes something home from my classes.”




“I have coached within the community for a few fair years in various roles that include Primary & Secondary years at Clacton Leisure Centre and Manningtree Sports Centre, as well as Adult Netball. Walking Netball is a fast growing activity in Clacton Leisure Centre and Colchester Essex University, which holds a special place in my heart.

My love for coaching netball, I hope shows through in my sessions. I think it’s the best job in the world to be able to get people active and enjoy this sport!

My picture shows me whilst umpiring at Junior League in Colchester. I encouraged everyone who attended one of my sessions to wear something spotty or pudsey bear as we were raising money for Children in Need. By the end of the day, we raised £240 and had great fun doing so!”




Ollie Clark has been the Head Coach at Dunmow Tennis Club in Essex since 2006 and runs the coaching programme. Members start at 4 years and right across all abilities from complete beginner to regular competing player. Ollie and the team will quite rightly be celebrating National Coaching Week with some remarkable success since Christmas:

  • Paige Bott who played at Wimbledon last year, is now playing for the Under 14 girls county team and has been winning grade 4 and 3 competitions and as a result her national ranking is coming down all the time.
  • Ryan Bott has had a great 2019, winning lots of mini Orange tennis tournaments and as a result hained his Orange 1* ranking which is the highest. He is now playing mini Green tournaments and has been selected for the Under 10 boys county team and played his first match last weekend.
  • Louise Cave is hopefully only a few wins away from competing at Wimbledon.
  • Our junior teams are regularly competing in the Halstead and District tennis league and currently our girls under 18 team are top of the league.



Stuart Reeve is the sole PE lead for Camulos Academy, a two form intake Primary Academy in North Colchester. Camulos has a vibrant physical education programme that supports pupils being as active as possible; they complete the Daily Mile, Table Tennis at lunchtime, compete in inter school sports competitions, introduce pupils to new sports such as Octoball and Football Snooker and many other ways to include students in activity.

The school is right behind Stuart and National Coaching Week as they celebrate just some of the past year’s achievements:

  • KS1 Physical Education, School Sport and Activity award from Active Essex
  • National Dodgeball award for most participating children in a classroom (shortlisted to the top 10 nationally)
  • Outstanding PE in a Primary School in Essex.