MBE for University of Winchester sports coach for services to education and community sport

6 Jan 2017
Richard Cheetham on a sports pitch

A University of Winchester fellow in sports coaching - who is recognised nationally and internationally for creative thinking and innovation within sports coach education and development - has received an MBE in the New Year 2017 Honours list for services to education and community sport. 

Richard Cheetham (pictured above) has worked at the University since 2005 following three years teaching and coaching in New Zealand. 
A key focus of his work is establishing links with local and national sports organisations to strengthen the University of Winchester Sports Coaching degree programme​​​ and enhance student employability by providing opportunities for volunteering, mentoring and community coaching placements. 
His commitment to coaching and coach education is at a national and international level including development work for British Triathlon, Sports Coach UK and World Cycling in Switzerland. 
However, the award of an MBE recognises Richard's contribution at a more local level where he has gained a reputation for supporting community sports coaches, local clubs, Hampshire rugby and the Project500 Female coaching initiative. 
Speaking about his MBE, Richard said: "The last few years have been incredibly rewarding with my teaching at the University and also my involvement with community sport where I have been able to support the development of coaches from a wide range of sports but particularly rugby union. This award is something I never imagined would come my way but we have been celebrating since we heard the news."

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