bof::coach of the year

Sarum Orienteering Club now has a vibrant and flourishing junior section due mainly to the commitment, hard work and vision of Jeff Butt the Captain of the club and the Junior Coach. Jeff's work has now been recognised at National level by the British Orienteering Federation who have just awarded him the Peter Palmer Trophy for the best National Coach. Jeff is the first winner of this award and said he was "Shocked and surprised to be honoured in this way"

The citation from BOF is as follows:

"In the last 12 months Jeff Butt has continued to support the Sarum Coaching Plan by organising the Sarum Junior Section of the club with weekend training sessions. He has kept the group together and increased their number by being proactive with his management of the group. He makes sure that the group is fully aware of their potential and encourages the group to enter team competitions to further the team spirit.
The success can be seen in the results, Jeff has worked hard over the past 4 years with juniors within the club and their success has to be due to his efforts."

2005 is the first year for the BOF Coach of the Year, Peter Palmer Trophy and we received some excellent candidates. Jeff was chosen as the winner ahead of Jon Carberry of SROC for his work with the NWOA Junior Squad and his club.
The standard of young people developing in our sport is a testimony to the quality of the coaches working with them.

Sarum are delighted that Jeff has been given this award as he is a truly inspirational coach as seen by the growing numbers of children and young people who are taking up the sport in the Salisbury area.

Congratulations to Jeff from us all at


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