Coaching and Volunteering Promotions and Pathways

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Coaching and Volunteering Promotions and Pathways

Posted: 28/01/2020

Coaches are at the front line of judo and an integral part of judo clubs across Scotland, with quality coaching from passionate and knowledgeable judo coaches crucial to delivering quality, enjoyable sessions for all participants.  JudoScotland is committed to training new coaches coming through in addition to providing continued personal development for coaches already on their ‘coaching journey’. 

During the past 12 months we’ve had great interest in our coaching qualification courses, seeing a number of coaches reach the next level on the pathway whilst gaining some fantastic personal development along the way. Stuart McWatt Snr (Garioch Judo Club) recently received his PgDip in Advanced Sports Coaching in addition to attaining UKCC Level 4 in coaching judo through BJA and Sheffield Hallam University. Paul McGuinness (Titan Judo Club) recently received his MSc in Advanced Sports Coaching as well as the BJA Level 5 judo coaching qualification. Congratulations!

Current students on the SHU/BJA Level 4 programme are Louise Renicks (Kanokwai Judo Club) and Conor Tremble (Evolution Judo). 

JudoScotland will soon be launching 2020’s full Coach Education programme.  If you’re interested in getting involved, we currently have two coaching qualification courses live on the Members Zone:

UKCC Level 1 Coaching Course

14/15 March with assessment on 24 May – JudoScotlandHQ, EICA, Ratho
9/10 May with assessment on 21 June – Cluarankwai Judo Club, Kilmarnock

UKCC Level 2 Coaching Course (residential)

6/7 and 13/14 June with assessment on 23 August – sportscotland National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde, Largs

Please note that places on all courses are limited, and that you must be able to attend both the course and the assessment day.  Additional funding may be available through sportscotland - for more information, please email

We’ve also had several referee and official promotions, with members successfully attaining the next level on their pathway.  The below individuals all passed their theory element at our recent Referee Promotion course, and will be practically assessed throughout the year.

Club Level
Jasmin Willingale (Dumfries Judo Academy)
Ryan Murphy (Tryst Judo Club)
Callum Nesbitt (Southside Judo Club)
Paige Sweetland (Jidel Judo Club)

Area Level
Maxwell Alder (Dumfries Judo Academy)
Kenneth Carson (Dumfries Judo Academy)
Benedict MacLennan-Patton (Clyde Judo Club)
Martin Bailliem (Just Judo)
Christopher Lambert (Titan Judo Club)
Kirsty Lyon (Osaka Kwai Judo Club)
Eamonn Patton (Clyde Judo Club)

National C Level
Dominic McNealis (Esprit Judo Club)
Emma Herd (Jidel Judo Club)

Judo-in-Scotland simply could not run without the support and dedication from the volunteers who devote their time to officiating and refereeing.  Well done to everyone who is working hard towards achieving their goals in this area – you make a huge difference and your contribution is invaluable. 

If you’d like to get involved in either coaching or refereeing and officiating, please contact