Five Scottish Judo Coaches have passed the IJF Academy Level 1 Instructor and Undergraduate Certificate Judo Instructor (UCJI). Lee Calder, Chris Barry, Louise Renicks, Gary Edwards, and Euan Burton successfully completed the 13-week course which concluded with a week-long practical exam based at British Judo’s National Training Centre in Walsall.

The UCJI, which is a new course for coaches to develop skills and explore techniques with IJF Academy experts saw 31 participants from 8 different countries take part. The course which took place over 13 weeks with continual theoretical examinations and a weeklong practical assessment of the execution of judo techniques, concluded this weekend.

Louise Renicks, who is currently participating in the British Judo Elite Coach Development Programme commented “The Course highlighted the dedication of each of the coaches to their craft.” She added “Everyone was there to support and motivate each other. Although hard work, it was a lot of fun and a great networking opportunity.”

JudoScotland National Talent Development Coach, Gary Edwards reflected “This is the future for Judo Coaching, it took coaching back to the basics of Judo. It was a phenomenal course that took every coach on a journey and it is probably the best thing I have ever done as a coach.”

JudoScotland would like to offer our congratulations to all Judoka who participated and passed this course, and we look forward to seeing how the learnings will trickle down into Scottish Judo.