Amy Staunton from Hamilton Judo Club has been awarded the JudoScotland Young Volunteer of the Year Award.  The JudoScotland Coaching and Volunteering Awards are a National Awards programme designed to recognise the hard work and dedication of the Judo workforce in Scotland. The Young Volunteer of the Year Award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their club or the wider Judo community, through their work as a volunteer.

Amy volunteers at the Hamilton Judo Club ASN Disability sessions which has over 30 junior participants, the sessions have seen six judoka progress into mainstream classes at the club.

When asked why she enjoys volunteering, Amy said “I think it’s nice seeing children have a nice time. They are always laughing and it’s fun and games. It’s absolutely amazing!”

Luke Struthers of JudoScotland said “The work that Amy does as part of Hamilton Judo Club is an excellent example of the power of sport. She has a genuine commitment to help individuals not just participate but enjoy Judo. We need more volunteers like Amy!”

“Hamilton Judo Club continues to pioneer as a club, proving that Judo is indeed more than just a sport. Their hard work in creating a truly inclusive club has not gone unnoticed as they have won numerous national awards in this area and have even had a special mention in The Scottish Parliament for their work.”

Amy was presented her award on Tuesday 29th of November at Hamilton Judo Club by JudoScotland Regional Development Officer Luke Struthers.