STEVEN ORR was named coach of the year at the England Golf coaching conference earlier this month.
Orr, the director of coaching at the Cranfield Golf Academy in Rustington, has been an England Golf regional coach for the past three years, helping to push players on to international status and, in some cases, into professional ranks.
He is also the Sussex boys’ coach, achieving success with the players and taking a leading role in the creation of a new coach-led structure in the county.
Orr supports both players and coaches, helping them to be the best they can. He is always striving to extend his own knowledge and this year he achieved both his Masters degree in sports coaching and reached UKCC level four status. That is alongside coaching elite amateurs and Tour professionals – as well as training 20 coaches at the Cranfield Golf Academy, working as a PGA tutor and travelling overseas to support coach education for the R&A’s development panel.
He said: “This is a huge honour. The best thing for me has always been the people I work with, both in England Golf and in Sussex – the inspirational coaches and managers who have helped me develop as a coach.”
Orr’s highlight of 2015 was watching Sussex golfer Charlie Strickland reach a play-off for the England under-16 boys’ title in the McGregor Trophy and win an under-18 boys’ cap. He has coached Strickland since he was five.
The award was presented at a gala dinner at the England Golf coaching conference at St George’s Park, attended by county, regional and national coaches and managers.
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