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Translink Ulster GAA Coach of the Year 2019

Translink Ulster GAA Coach of the Year 2019

Tell us who you think deserves to win!

The Translink Ulster GAA Coach of the Year is an award which celebrates the incredible work carried out by volunteer coaches within Ulster GAA.

Following the phenomenal success of the initiative over the past two years, we’re once again calling on clubs, players, parents, teachers and teams to nominate coaches who are most deserving of the award.

Whether it’s an under-age manager who, come rain, hail or shine, always goes the extra mile to make sport fun for the stars of the future, or a senior trainer who inspires everyone in the club with their passion and commitment, we want to hear about them!

The winning coach will be declared Translink Ulster GAA Coach of the Year. They will WIN specially commissioned commemorative training gear for themselves and 10 FREE coach trips for their team over the next 12 months (subject to T&Cs).

Nominations are NOW OPEN!

Nominations are open until Wednesday 6 November 2019. When submitting your nomination, please remember that Translink and Ulster GAA are looking for evidence to ensure the nominee meets some or all of the criteria:

  • Coaches a team at any level, from any code, within an Ulster GAA club
  • Demonstrates exceptional commitment to coaching Gaelic games
  • Holds a recognised coaching qualification
  • Makes a positive impact on the local community through volunteering as a coach
  • Acts as a role model for other people in their community
  • Adopts a player-centred approach to learning and development

After nominations have closed a panel of experts will select a shortlist, to include one finalist from each county. After that it’s back over to you for the public vote to decide who will be declared the 2019 Translink Ulster GAA Coach of the Year.

The winner will be announced on Sunday 1st December at the Ulster GAA Football Senior Club Championship Final.

Nominating your coach is easy. Just tell us a little bit about them and why you think they should win in the boxes below.

    Nominate your coach of the year now

    Your name:
    Your email:
    Your Telephone Number:

    Name of the Coach you are nominating:

    Club name:

    Team/s they train:

    In 250 words or less, please tell us why the coach you have nominated deserves to win:


    Meet the Judges

    Paddy Tally

    Paddy Tally

    Down Football Manager

    Michael Geoghegan

    Michael Geoghegan

    PRO, Ulster GAA

    Eugene Young

    Eugene Young

    Director of Coaching & Games Development, Ulster GAA

    Damien Bannon

    Damien Bannon

    Belfast Area Manager, Translink

    Neil Loughran

    Neil Loughran

    Irish News Columnist

    Terms and Conditions

    1. Nominees must meet the following criteria:
      • Must be a volunteer coach who lives out the volunteer ethos of the GAA
      • Must be actively involved in coaching at least one team from any code, at any level, within their local GAA club
      • Nominees also be willing and available to participate in PR photographs and other media profiling opportunities as requested by Translink
    2. The nominating period will open on 23 October 2019 and will be accessible through ulster.gaa.ie. Each nominator will provide a full name and explanation (max: 250 words) explaining why this person should win.
    3. Nominations must be submitted by 11.59pm Wednesday 6 November 2019. Nominations after this time will not be included.
    4. Following the nomination deadline, an independent panel will then select the most deserving nominees to be on the shortlist.
    5. Once the shortlist has been announced, the voting phase will begin and the public will have the chance to vote for overall Coach of the Year
    6. Voting for the overall winner will open at 12am on Monday 11 November 2019 and close at 11.59pm Sunday 24 November 2019. Votes after this time will not be counted.
    7. Only votes submitted via ulster.gaa.ie will be counted.
    8. To nominate your Coach of the Year, visit ulster.gaa.ie. Once the shortlist has been announced, return to ulster.gaa.ie to vote for your winner.
    9. Employees of Ulster GAA or Translink will not be eligible for nomination
    10. The overall winner will be announced at the Ulster GAA Football Senior Club Championship Football Final on Sunday 1st December.
    11. Translink will offer the winning coach bus travel to a maximum of 10 away games for the team they coach. This must be redeemed within 12 months of winning the prize. One bus will be provided per game, which must be held in a ground within the province of Ulster. Travel outside the province cannot be accommodated. Translink must be provided with at least three weeks’ notice for each individual booking.

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