Head Coach Andy Piekarski receives the prestigious inaugural
BRITISH GYMNASTICS NATIONAL EDUCATION AWARD
On the 6th September 2015 at the British Gymnastics National Awards ceremony in Manchester Cathedral, Andy was presented with the inaugural National award for coach education. The British Gymnastics National Awards take place annually and this was the first time the work done by the country's tutors and assessors has been nationally recognised. Andy was unanimously voted as winner from a high calibre short list.
200+ coach educators in the UK are contracted to British Gymnastics (BG) to deliver coaching courses, and assess candidate coaches seeking to qualify. Andy is one of this group and is also an Internal Verifier, tasked with ensuring that a high standard of delivery is maintained by other tutors / assessors.
Andy's commitment to coach education is absolute. He has been a tutor for 30 years and has delivered over 400 courses in that time in Pre-school Gymnastics, General Gymnastics, Women's Artistic Gymnastics and the BG Teachers Award. Andy has run courses in England, including Jersey & Guernsey, Wales and Scotland, also in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Gibraltar and Dubai. Over these years he has helped over 4000 coaches gain their coaching qualifications. Andy is the author of the BG Mentoring Course and is lead contributor to the new Level 2 coaching course. This year Andy has produced a gymnastics teaching resource for Primary teachers and has written a guide to the coaching of basic vaulting. In 2006 Andy was a recipient of the BG National Award of Merit.