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In 2013 the Association for Coaching Ireland formed a strategic partnership with the Irish Institute for Training and Development (IITD). A cornerstone of this relationship is the ‘The Excellence in Coaching Award’. This award is aimed at those organisations that have successfully implemented a sustainable coaching climate via coach training, coach provision or evaluation. The award is also open to coaching providers who demonstrate an innovative approach and excellence in the implementation of a coaching initiative or process.

The winners of the inaugural 2013 Excellence in Coaching Award was Concentrix – they demonstrated their ability to create a sustainable coaching culture that was not only scalable across the business but was specifically aligned to meet pressing business customer needs. In doing so they created the capability from within – moving beyond a single intervention to an integrated model of coach development where coaching skills are seen as a core leadership skill and an essential to building a long term career within the company. They now have a strong and continuously developing team of internal coaches working across three sites, multiple channels and diverse languages.

At the IITD awards ceremony on March 7th we were thrilled to announce that the 2014 Excellence in Coaching Award went to Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT), a cross border health and social care partnership.

CAWT comprises the HSE in the Republic of Ireland, the Southern and Western Health & Social Care Trusts, the Health & Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland. Together they designed and delivered the Connect Coach Network, a tailored internal coaching programme (spanning 9 months) and supporting website that created a skilled network of 75 internal coaches, 20 coach mentors and 4 coach supervisors who in turn were matched with and coached approximately 900 staff members. This was an inspirational submission – one that demonstrated the ability to really unleash the potential of your internal talent for the benefit of others.

The judges, Johanna Fullerton and Niamh Shiells. were incredibly impressed with the quality and thoroughness of the programme, the scale and impact upon the participating organisations plus the self-sustaining and innovative nature of the intervention.

The quality and quantity of applications surpassed expectations this year and we are really pleased to acknowledge the great work of Belfast Trust as the Excellence in Coaching 2014 Runner Up. Through the development and implementation of a multi-faceted Coaching Framework Belfast Trust has established an in-house register of accredited coaches, access to coaching across all staff groups and coaching skills programmes for line managers.

We will be showcasing the amazing work of CAWT and the Belfast Trust over the coming months via our Association for Coaching Masterclass and Think Tank series. Congratulations again to CAWT, our 2014 Excellence in Coaching award winners and a huge thank you to all our applicants for investing the time and energy in submitting their entries.

We are genuinely enthused at the sheer scale and quality of the coaching interventions and look forward to receiving further inspiring submissions next year.

Johanna Fullerton
Head of Corporate Membership