Jonathan Cooke – SportNI Community Coach of the Year 2015!

  • 19th September 2015
  • Jonathan receives his Sport NI Community Coach of the Year 2015 award.

Jonathan Cooke, head coach at Kookateki Judo Club has picked up yet another award!  Jonathan has won Sport Northern Ireland’s prestigious Community Coach of the Year.

SportNI visited the club in the Grove Wellbeing Centre on Saturday 19th  September to present the award.  This allowed the whole club to be included in the celebration.

The award recognises the contribution Jonathan has made integrating judo into the North Belfast community.  In addition to the main club which runs in the Grove Wellbeing Centre on Saturday mornings Jonathan has introduced judo to six primary schools and one secondary school across North Belfast.  He has also teamed up with the Autism Intervention Service to engage with children with learning and intellectual disabilities and social disabilities (autism, asperger’s and ADHD) and MACS running a judo programme to encourage and develop positive attitudes and behaviours in young people.  MACS provides accommodation for young people making the transition from children’s homes to independent living.

Jonathan said: “This isn’t just an award for me this is an award for the whole club.  A huge thank you to everyone that has supported Kookateki”.

Team Kookateki celebrating  Jonathan's Commumnity Coach of the Year Award 2015.

Team Kookateki celebrating Jonathan’s Community Coach of the Year Award 2015.

The Sport Northern Ireland Coaching Awards highlight the huge importance of coaches and the role they play in supporting people to engage, enjoy and excel in sport.

If you live in Belfast and want to try Judo, Kookateki run classes on Saturdays for juniors and adults of all standards.