WHITEINCH judo coach Rebecca MacLean has been named as the Young Coach of the Year at the sportscotland Year of Young People Awards.

The 26-year-old, who travels up to 650 miles per week from Fort William to coach in the Judo Girls Rock programme in Whiteinch, Springburn and the east end of Glasgow, has been rewarded for her tremendous dedication to her coaching work.

The national agency for sport, sportscotland, teamed up with Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) to kick off 2018 in style with the sportscotland Year of Young People 2018 Awards at the Radisson Blu Hotel

The inspirational event showcased how sport can be used for positive social change and celebrated the incredible dedication of the young people who give selflessly to sport in their local communities.

Ten awards were handed out to honour the contribution of the young people who engage in sport through SSF and those who have supported them throughout the year.

The event was planned, delivered and hosted by young people, providing a perfect start to the Year of Young People in 2018. 

This is a year-long programme of events, activities and ideas which will give young people in Scotland the opportunity to show the world what they are made of and to celebrate the amazing young personalities, talents, and achievers across the country.

Rebecca is a fine example of that, and she says her love for the sport makes everything worthwhile.

She said: “It was such a surprise to be nominated so it’s amazing to have won.

“I absolutely love what I do at Judo Girls Rock, that’s why I keep doing it. 

“I’ve grown such a bond with the girls and the project.

“To see the difference in the girls while I’ve been working with them is so satisfying, that is the key to it. To see other girls enjoying judo like I did when I was younger is brilliant. I’ve gained so much experience out of the programme as well.”

SSF is a charity which has changed lives through sport. Over the past 17 years its work has supported communities where people are vulnerable or at risk.

SSF’s local and national programmes provide tailored pathways to positive destinations, enabling young people to fulfil their potential and widening opportunities for all.