Charlie McLean from Irvine Judo Club has been awarded the JudoScotland Young Coach 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 Coach of the Year Award recognises an individual who has invested in their development as a coach and has made a significant impact on the people they coach.

Charlie, on winning the award, commented, “I was overwhelmed to find out that I was chosen for this award by JudoScotland for Young Coach of the Year 2022. I have been a part of Irvine Judo Club for 12 years and started coaching the sport 7 years ago, so it means a lot to be chosen for the award. I would like to thank my coaching team Gordon and William Brawley, David Frew, Ross, Frances and Suzi, the parents and players of the club for supporting me so far in my coaching journey.”

Luke Struthers of JudoScotland added, “It is clear to see that Charlie has a huge impact on those he coaches at Irvine Judo Club. He has shown real commitment to his development as a coach with genuine enthusiasm. Charlie has been working through his technical grade to further his understanding of the sport which will aid his development. He is a valued member of the club, that continues to have a positive impact on the community, raising funds for local charities while also providing a positive club environment for those taking part in Judo.”

Charlie was presented his award on Thursday 1st of December at Irvine Judo Club by JudoScotland Regional Development Officer Luke Struthers.