Gregor Gardiner from Azami Judo Club in Falkirk has been awarded the JudoScotland Community Coach of the Year.  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 Community Coach of the Year recognises a coach that has supported the development of judoka and has significantly increased the Judo opportunities available and participation levels within their community.

Gregor, on winning the award, commented, “I still find it strange that I have been nominated and awarded the Community Coach of the Year, as I feel what I do is normal but at the same time I really appreciate the trouble the people went to.  It also shows the club has created a great environment for all those involved within the Club. At the end of the day, I may run the Club, but the Club belongs to the members.”

Sam Ingram of JudoScotland added, “The work that Gregor does through his club Azami Falkirk encompasses the power of sport to change lives. We have heard countless stories from his members about the safe space he has created for young people to learn new skills, stay active, and gain confidence whilst instilling discipline. It is clear that he has made a massive impact on those he coaches and the community that the club sits in.”

Gregor was presented his award on Tuesday 29th of November at Azami Judo Club by JudoScotland Regional Development Officer Sam Ingram.