Teen keen to carry on coaching roles

Chesterfield's Coach of the Year, Lauren Gallagher at Brookfield Community School.

Chesterfield's Coach of the Year, Lauren Gallagher at Brookfield Community School.

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Sports mad teen Lauren Gallagher said she was surprised to be named young coach of the year at the Active Chesterfield Awards last week.

The 17-year-old only took up coaching in February but has already achieved several levels of qualifications in dance, dodgeball, tennis, cheerleading, badminton and rowing as well as first aid.

She has also played a key role in promoting, organising and officiating sports events at her school, Newbold Community, where she is a young ambassador.

On achieving the award, Lauren said: “I feel really overwhelmed actually, I was quite surprised because I’ve only been coaching since about February.

“So, if I’ve got that now it makes me think what can I be like in a couple of years time.”

She is a keen netball player and has played the game since she was in primary school.

“When I was in primary school we started playing high-five and then through secondary school I carried on playing and now I’ve gone in sixth form and I’ve carried on playing into that and then we are hopefully going to the county netball,” she said.

Lauren showed her community spirit last year when the UEFA Under 17 Womens Championships, supporting the recruitment of ball kids, flag bearers and mascots to support the four games at Chesterfield FC, as well as well as taking on some of the roles.

And, having achieved so much in such a short space of time, Lauren is keen to continue her progress: “Hopefully I want to carry it on, get more skills, get higher up, carry on coaching.”