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Newark Athletic Club junior coach wins England Athletics award

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A coach has won a regional England Athletics award for her hard work during 2021.

Newark Athletic Club’s Emma Jessop, a junior coach, was named as the governing body’s unsung hero of the year for her efforts over the last 12 months.

A spokesman for England Athletics said: “Emma has proven to be outstanding in the role of under-11 lead coach.


“She has a natural rapport with the younger members of the club, inspiring dozen of younger members to develop as athletes within all disciplines of track and field as they move up the age groups.

“A measure of her success is that she has coached a number of athletes who have reached the county championships.

“Just as important is the attendances at her sessions, which have extremely long waiting lists.

“The three national lockdowns have cause disruption to all training and competitions at the club, but Emma has provided vital leadership and ensured that all athletes have been able to train and compete as soon as EA regulations have allowed.

“As proof of her success, Newark had 40 athletes competing in the final match of the Notts Mini League — the most for nearly ten years.”

Jessop, who has been at the club as a competitor and a coach for nearly 15 years, said she was delighted to receive the award. She also touched on how her role began.

“We felt the impact of London 2012 massively at Newark,” said Jessop.

“We went from being a quiet club to having loads of children who wanted to give athletics a go.

“My dad, who was on the committee at the time, came home one night and said they were struggling for coaches.

“I said ‘I’ll come along’, and that was over ten years ago now — it has grown from there.”

Jessop said there were many highlights over the year, but seeing athletes shine in competitions topped the lot.

Don Evans, chairman of Newark AC, said: “Emma has been an stalwart at the club for nearly 15 years, starting at the club at under-sevens and has competed for the club at all age levels across many, many different events, and then went into coaching at the end of her teenage years.”

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