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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 December 2005, 18:52 GMT
Fletcher honoured with top award
Duncan Fletcher
Fletcher masterminded England's success
England cricket coach Duncan Fletcher has received a prestigious award at the annual Sports Coach UK awards.

Fletcher won the male coach of the year award for helping England to their first Ashes success for 18 years.

England's bowling coach Troy Cooley and Wales rugby coach Mike Ruddock were handed the Mussabini Medal, given to successful coaches on the world stage.

Colette Thompson, who helped England's under-21 netball team to world youth silver, was female coach of the year.

Sir Bobby Robson, the former England football manager, was presented with the lifetime achievement award at the gala ceremony in London.

Cooley was credited for bringing out the best in England's bowling attack of Andrew Flintoff, Matthew Hoggard, Steve Harmison and Simon Jones.

Meanwhile, Ruddock led Wales to their first Grand Slam triumph in 27 years and guided the national side to their first victory over Australia in 18 years.

The British Eventing Foundation's national coach Yogi Breisner, dressage coach Tracie Robinson and show jumping coach Kenneth Clawson were also all Mussabini medal winners.

Christine Still, director of Scottish national gymnastic squads, and Ron Needs, rowing coach for the women's eights, were also recipients of the Mussabini medal.

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