Over the past year, eight coaches have embarked on the first-ever JudoScotland Coach Academy. The Coach Academy aims to develop the ‘craft of coaching’ through technical knowledge and supports individuals on the road to independent coaching through a dedicated programme of continued professional development over a two-year programme. Across the first year, the coaches have taken part in a series of different opportunities including Technical Excellence sessions, Kata courses as well as online one-to-one sessions with Neil Adams MBE.

David Scobbie from Tayside Judo reflected “Every time I go on some sort of coaching course, I come away more motivated and the Coaching Academy has been no different, each session has given me that buzz. Being part of a group has meant we can consolidate what we have learnt and bounce things off each other, which motivates me even more. Being brought together by the programme has given us the opportunity to collaborate with other coaches on the course, as we are all on the same journey. Working with Neil Adams has been surreal, you don’t get much bigger in Judo than him.”

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Andrew Swinburne from Carnegie Judo Club added “The technical side of judo can easily be missed while learning to coach but this academy programme really changes the mindset on how to coach, especially with the knowledge and skills to be taken from Neil Adams.”

“The Coaching Academy has provided me with a good platform to build on for the future.  Access to coaching techniques, information and also the benefit of mixing with top quality coaches around the country is a great benefit to everyone involved.”

If you would like to find out about how you can get involved in The JudoScotland Coach Academy and sign up for year two, applications are now open you can sign up here.