Picture credit: Antonia Barraclough

Picture credit: Antonia Barraclough

University of Sunderland Water Polo player Adam Woods has been named as Young Coach of the Year at the 2014 UK Coaching awards.

The 18-year-old, who is part of the GB Water Polo talent team has been coaching the sport since the age of 14.

Speaking about winning the award, Woods said: “It was a weird sensation. It was a honour to receive an award, although you don’t coach for the rewards, you do it to bring the best out of the kids.

“It’s nice to be recognised for something that you do and it all felt a bit surreal.”

Woods was invited to Glasgow along with two other nominees from across the United Kingdom and winning the award was something he was not expecting.

“It was unexpected but I suspect it was due to my hard work, commitment and the willingness to give up my free time to help others.

“I believed that the competition was stronger and personally, probably due to confidence, didn’t think that anything like this would come to me.”

Woods also had the chance to meet Princess Anne, who attended the show.

“It felt surreal, nerve racking but it was an honour. It was nice to meet royalty and have a conversation with her, it was an amazing experience,” he concluded.



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