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David Wray’s memory lives on at Herts Coach Education Week

David Wray’s memory lives on at Herts Coach Education Week

The forthcoming February half term holiday will see the 10th Annual Hertfordshire Coach Education Week take place at various venues across the county.

The programme which, since its inception, has delivered education and training opportunities for over 8,000 sports coaches from Hertfordshire and further afield is organised by the Herts Sports Partnership (HSP), based at the University of Hertfordshire.

Sports coaches play a huge role in introducing people into sport and helping them develop their skills and abilities. Those coaches can often be the difference to whether someone develops a sporting habit for life or goes on to lead a very sedentary existence.

Good coaches have excellent communication, social interaction and other soft skills – as well as technical nous and empathy for their charges. The Herts Sports Partnership is committed to creating communities of learning and support, and to ensure that existing and prospective coaches are able to develop their knowledge, improve their skills and ultimately become better coaches.

It was with this in mind that the Hertfordshire Coach Education Week was born in 2009, with the encouragement and unstinting support of a former HSP Board Member and St Albans resident David Wray. It was David that secured the funding to underwrite the inaugural programme and although David sadly passed away in 2016 his legacy lives on.

The thousands of coaches that have benefitted from the programme are testimony to that, and this year in recognition of David’s involvement, the community club where he was a Trustee – St Albans City Youth FC – have donated £2k to support the 2018 programme and to ensure that any local residents – particularly young people – are not precluded from taking part in the programme as a result of an inability to pay.

The donation will fund a local bursary programme as well as enabling the organisers to offer a range of courses either free of charge or at concessionary rates. In doing so, it will ensure that the 2018 Coach Education Week programme is fully inclusive.


City Youths Chair of Trustees Mervyn Morgan presents the cheque to HSPs Chairman Grahame Bowles


In welcoming the support, HSP Partnership Director, John O’Callaghan said:

“This is an extremely generous and very welcome donation, from one of Hertfordshire’s leading community sports clubs.

Without David Wray’s involvement and encouragement in the early days, there would have been no Coach Education Week but his vision and enthusiasm were both inspiring and infectious. As such, I am delighted that David’s legacy lives on through this programme. He was a passionate advocate for sport as a means of raising the aspirations and improving the life chances of our young people and this very kind support will enable us to continue the work that he started.”

Further details of the Hertfordshire Coach Education Week programme 2018 can be found at:

For any further information please contact Chris Samways at or on 01707 281004.


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