Kingston College is delighted to announce that Coaching and Leadership student, Noureddine Aitouarab, has been shortlisted for the Heather Crouch Young Coach of the Year - Supported by Youth Sport Trust by the UK Coaching Awards 2017.
This year's finalists cover a breadth of sport and physical activity across the UK. After a record number of public nominations, a shortlisting process and finally an independent judging panel making a tough decision on who should be selected, Noureddine has made it as a finalist at this year's event. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 30 November at The HAC, London.
A thrilled Noureddine commented: “I am overwhelmed to be shortlisted as a finalist, it’s a huge achievement and honour for me to be recognised as a young developing coach. I would not be in this position if I had not been nominated and supported by Capoeira. I have gained valuable knowledge and experiences whilst studying on the coaching and leadership course which has enhanced my coaching style.”
Sarah Warren-Smith, Noureddine’s lecturer, said: “This is an amazing achievement to be shortlisted as a finalist. Noureddine is a dedicated coach and will help and support all his peers in both practical and theory classes. He has also done some fantastic work for the local primary school children that we work with as part of the coaching and leadership qualification.”
Noureddine Aitouarab has been part of the QMC School of Capoeira for eight years, starting out as student with no previous training or experience before becoming the youngest trainee coach at the school.
Noureddine teaches Capoeira classes to children aged four to 14, three times per-week and takes his position as a coach and role model very seriously. His coaching goes beyond technical skills and fitness, he also acts as confidant to many of the students, regularly checking in with them (particularly children from vulnerable communities). In 2016 he received the Neil Desai award at Kingston Sports Awards for inspiring others (see image).
In classes, Noureddine uses a combination of collaborative learning and the jigsaw technique to maximise outcomes for the students and build unity. He also works to continuously improve his coaching abilities by attending dedicated coaching training, and working closely with his mentor, Professor Marcus Cabeça.