Antia’s top award

Anita Navin, coach of the year
Anita Navin, coach of the year

Anita Navin has received a top coaching award.

Anita, who attended St Helena School and was a member of Chesterfield Ladies Netball team, has collected the Coach Educator of the Year laurels.

Anita, 46, head of department for sport development at Northumbria University was crowned at the UK Coaching Awards at The Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London.

The awards celebrate the talent, hard work and dedication of sports coaches and those involved in developing coaching.

Sports Coach UK praised Anita’s r commitment to netball coaching, citing her “work around UKCC, continuous professional development and coach research as being key to ensuring netball has appropriately skilled coaches at all levels and environments.”

Speaking about the success, Anita said: “I’m thrilled and am extremely honoured to receive this award. It was a huge privilege just to have been nominated so to leave here with the award is both gratifying but inspirational as well.”

England Netball describes Anita as: “one of the most recognisable faces in English Netball with her punditry on Sky Sports for the FIAT Netball Superleague and over 25 years of service within the game.”

Anita – who describes herself as a ‘true Chesterfield girl’ – is a member of the Higher Education Advisory Group with Sports Coach UK where the role of Higher Education with the profession is discussed, and she also serves on the International Federation and advises on global coaching developments and supports the legacy project with UK Sport on training coaches in Africa.

This month Anita will travel to Botswana where she will lead on a coaching development strategy with the sport ministers of six nations.

Anita is pictured with her award.