YOUNG COACH OF THE YEAR FINALIST – GREG PRICE

Greg Price may be quiet and unassuming but don’t be fooled. Because behind this disguise, there hides a 25-year-old sporting crusader, determined to get as many young people as active as possible.

Indeed, when his local table tennis club looked set to close, it was Greg who stepped forward to rescue the situation:

“I had been a member of North Gwent Table Tennis Club since I was 13. The person who ran it was the longest serving member. He had been massively dedicated but when he retired, the club looked as if it might finish.”

With no other members stepping forward, it was Greg who saved the club:

“I just wasn’t willing for it to close. It is a great club and had huge potential to grow further.”

With a brand new committee and masterplan to take the club forward, the junior section now boasts more than 30 members, ten of whom have competed at national level. And it’s all because the self-confessed sports fanatic works tirelessly to improve and grow the club.

But his crusade doesn’t stop with the sport of table tennis. He is also responsible for the Ebbw Vale Badminton club whose success has simply sky rocketed in the last 12 months:

“There was no badminton club in the area. I worked with the local sports development team to set up a pay as you play session. We’ve now got 20 young players coming regularly so we’ve decided to set up a proper club. We’ve sourced a grant and now have additional coaches and leaders.

He delivers taster sessions at local schools and of course two clubs are flourishing under the watchful eye of Greg. Add to that ten hours a week as a regional table tennis officer with the odd bit of paid badminton coaching, and you’d think he was more than doing his bit for sport in the area.

But no. There’s more. When Abertillery Comprehensive were left without a 5 x 60 coach this year, it was of course Greg who took action. Delivering table tennis, badminton, racquetball and squash, he has ensured the schoolchildren don’t miss out.

“I get lots of satisfaction from seeing the kids learning, improving and enjoying sport. If they want to keep coming back then you know you’ve done a good job. We live in a pretty deprived area so it’s even more important that we provide opportunities.

“I live and breathe sport and I understand the positive influences it can have on young people.”

His multi-talented sporting ability has seen demand for his services stretch right across Blaenau Gwent. He might not wear a cape, but he is certainly a Sporting Superhero.

Wales Sport Awards 2015 Greg Price 30.10.15 ©Steve Pope - SPORTINGWALES

Wales Sport Awards 2015
Greg Price
30.10.15
©Steve Pope – SPORTINGWALES

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