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Lifetime commitment to netball earns Chichester academic award nomination

​AN AWARDS ceremony recognising the best sports coaches in the country has nominated an academic of the University of Chichester for her devotion to netball.

Senior lecturer Jane Lomax, of the Department of Physical Education, was chosen from thousands following an 18-year career as a coach educator and mentor within the sport.

The ceremony, which is organised by the national Sports Coach UK foundation, will see her compete against two other finalists for Coach Developer of the Year.

Ms Lomax’s nomination was for nearly two-decades of commitment to the sport which included working as a psychologist within the England Netball setup, her own coaching and as an education tutor and assessor, and for working on the England Netball Coaching and High Performance Advisory groups.

She said: “I am delighted, surprised because it was unexpected, but really pleased as it follows on from my career of teaching and mentoring new coaches from grassroots through to the international platform.

“Netball has grown considerably within the last ten years thanks to increased investment and media coverage and is currently the biggest female participation sport in the UK. England Netball invest much time and energy into their coach development and it is a pleasure to be part of such a vibrant and dynamic community.”

Ms Lomax at present teaches across Physical as well as Adventure Education undergraduate degrees at the University of Chichester and has, from this semester, enrolled as the programme coordinator for the Master of Science in Sports Coaching courses.

Within netball she has also coached English and British University teams, across the national talent league, and is currently coaching a regional under-19 team as well as supporting the University netball squads.

Mark Gannon, chief executive officer of Sports Coach UK, said: “These awards are a fantastic way for us to shine a spotlight on and express our gratitude and appreciation to the coaches who support and inspire us through sport and activity to achieve our goals.”

The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday 29 November at Wembley in London.

To find out more about the Sports Coach UK awards ceremony, including the Ms Lomax’s nomination, visit www.sportscoachuk.org.

Alternatively for more her work across the University of Chichester and netball throughout the UK go to www.chi.ac.uk/staff/adventure-education/jane-lomax.