Durham Cricket academy head John Windows and Geoff Cook have won The Coaching Chain award at the UK Coaching Awards which will be presented on the 5th December.
The pair have been recognised for their impact on the success of Ben Stokes and his journey to the top of his sport. The award recognises the benefit of their dedicated support and continued investment into Stokes’ career.
Three other coaches with a significant impact on Stokes have also been rewarded who are Jon Gibson, Andy Flower and Trevor Bayliss.
The reward has come off the back of a remarkable summer for Stokes. First with success in the Cricket World Cup where he nearly single-handedly dragged England across the line in the final.
He then continued towards the back end of the summer as he produced arguably the greatest test innings of all time at Headingley to secure a remarkable victory for England and keep the Ashes series alive.
Speaking about the reward Stokes said: “I’m very proud that my coaches have been honoured with this award from UK Coaching.
“While athletes take the public accolades for their achievements, there are so many people along the way who don’t always get the recognition they deserve.”
Emma Atkins, Director of Coaching at UK Coaching said: “Throughout our lives there are people who, through coaching sport physical activity, will help us be better tomorrow than we were yesterday. They help us to realise our goals and motivations, and challenge us to improve mentally, as well as physically.
“Great coaches not only help create some of the greatest athletes this country has ever seen but are more importantly a force for good in our society – making this world a healthier and happier place.
“Many congratulations to the coaches of Ben – you’re all hugely deserved winners.”