Spotlight On Cluarankwai Judo Club
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Spotlight On Cluarankwai Judo ClubPosted: 21/10/2015
Image: Louise Competing at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
2015 has been quite a year for Cluarankwai Judo Club. Not only does it mark the clubs 66 year, but also saw them bounce back from major flood damage to achieve the JudoMARK, a new Club development coach and multiple awards.
Unfortunately at the end of 2014, Cluarankwai Judo Club suffered from severe flooding, resulting in tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage. While this might have been enough to finish another club (especially so close to completing a refurbishment 20 years in the making) Cluarankwai have been able to turn their fortunes around.
2015 has seen Cluarankwai Judo Club be awarded multiple honours; from East Ayrshire Sports Council awards for club of the year and life time contribution to sport, through to sportscotland Volunteer Sports Coach of the Year. Cluarankwai coach, John Young also received the JudoScotland volunteer of the year award. With the help of their JudoScotland RDO, David Milliar, Cluarankwai Judo Club have also worked towards and were one of the first clubs to receive JudoMARK accreditation.
Cluarankwai Judo Club is the first Scottish Judo Club to receive support from the sportscotland Direct Club Investment (DCI) fund, which they have used to hire their first Club Development Coach, Commonwealth gold medal winner Louise Renicks. Louise who recently retired from professional judo, will work with schools and the local community to raise awareness and participation of Cluarankwai Judo Club.
Cluarankwai Judo Club have demonstrated that even under adversity that they can not only survive but thrive.