Seabrook scoops University’s top coaching award

Marshalswick judo club head coach Doug Seabrook and former Skyswood pupil and bronze medal winner fo

Marshalswick judo club head coach Doug Seabrook and former Skyswood pupil and bronze medal winner for Great Britain at the IJF World cadet tour European championships in Spain, Daniel Mair who trains with Doug - Credit: Archant

Doug Seabrook has won the 2014/15 Coach of the Year award at Athletics Union’s University of Hertfordshire sports awards.

Seabrook, who is also the coach at nearby Marshalswick Judo Club, founded the University’s judo club in 2011 in conjunction with the Herts Sports Partnership. Since its creation, the club has gone from strength to strength.

“It started off with 22 people coming to the very first session,” recalled Seabrook. “Now we do a big introduction with all the new fresher’s each year, and show them what judo is all about. We’ve done a good job in integrating the new members into the club with the older students, so there is a lot of continuity and encouragement with new players coming through.

“It’s a really thriving club.”

Seabrook, who has been involved in the sport for 36 years, also paid tribute to his judoka and the support of assistant coach David Down. “There is a great atmosphere at the club. They are all really enthusiastic and are a pleasure to coach.

British Judo’s eastern area service manager Laurence Kenyon added: “I am delighted that Doug has been recognised for the work he has done and how he has developed the club and its members. He was up against some of the bigger sports at the university so he will be really pleased to have won the award. He has fostered some really good links between the university and Marshalswick Judo clubs, where the students do additional sessions on a regular basis.”

This was the sixth edition of the annual event run by the university’s Athletic Union. There were over 300 guests in attendance including university vice-chancellor Quintin McKellar and director of sport Nick Brecon.