British Blind Sport, Sport England and UK Coaching’s coaching course wins global award against tough competition from global brands

British Blind Sport has won the Learning Technologies Award - sponsored by Deloitte - at the 2019 Learning Awards, which took place at The Dorchester, London on the 7th February.

The organisation overcame stiff competition from fellow finalists Coca-Cola, Filtered, Fuse Universal & Hilti and International Workplace to pick up the coveted award from Strictly Come Dancing’s Claudia Winkleman in recognition of its eLearning course, Coaching People with a Visual Impairment – produced in collaboration with UK Coaching and Sport England.

The course raises awareness of the crucial role coaches play in helping people with visual impairments (VI) overcome barriers to participation in sport and physical activity. With screen reader capability, the eLearning also helps coaches with VI to complete the online course independently, and it was this innovative technology inputted by UK Coaching which gave this course the edge on the night.

British Blind Sport’s National Partnerships Manager Logan Gray, said:
“British Blind Sport is a charity with inclusion and accessibility at the heart of everything we do and we are really proud to have been involved in the development of this course in partnership with UK Coaching.
“We want to thank our UK Coaching colleagues, as well as our British Blind Sport members and visually impaired contributors. Their insight and guidance throughout the process have enabled us to make the course fully accessible. We couldn’t have achieved this without their input.”

UK Coaching’s Development Lead Officer for Learning Architecture Kelly Brown, said:
“We are honoured to receive this prestigious award and be recognised alongside global brands. Even with a comparatively small budget, we were able to create an inclusive coaching course that put learners’ needs at the heart.
“A special thanks must go to our partners involved in this project, Gary Baldock at Everything eLearning and Logan Gray at British Blind Sport. As learning professionals, we should embrace connecting with the wider learning and development sector, whether that’s in sport and physical activity or further afield. This award shows there is much to gain from cross-sector collaborations for the benefit of the learner, as well as organisations.”

Member of the awards’ judging panel and Director, Product & Innovation at DC-Activ Joe Richardson, said:
“By combining a simple idea, a very worthy cause, determination and dedication the team at UK Coaching have created accessibility as not seen before in the industry and set a new standard for thinking about this area when developing digital learning content.
“What is amazing is that they achieved this with virtually no budget and have validated and tested by including the end users right from the start of development and responded to the challenges along the way.”
“I had goose bumps during the presentation and they are a more than deserving winner, especially as they were so humble all the way through.”

Learning and Performance Institute CEO Edmund Monk, said:
“For 23 years, the Learning Awards has recognised and honoured the most creative individuals, pioneering technologies and high-performing organisations in workplace learning.
“The 2019 winning entry from UK Coaching – making eLearning accessible for people who are blind and sight-impaired – proves that, when the very best people work with the very best technology, the results can be an inspiration to us all.”
The course is packed full of helpful tips, practical solutions and vibrant videos to help coaches increase their knowledge, assurance and skills of coaching participants with VI, ultimately, making their practice more inclusive.
The Learning and Performance Institute’s Learning Awards is an annual celebration of outstanding achievement, best practice and excellence in corporate learning and performance.