A judo star from Irvine has been left “overwhelmed” after being told he's to receive a prestigious national award.

Charlie McLean of Irvine Judo Club won the JudoScotland Young Coach of the Year Award at the organisation's annual coaching and volunteering awards.

He said: “I was overwhelmed to find out that I was chosen for this award by JudoScotland for Young Coach of the Year 2022.

“I have been a part of Irvine Judo Club for 12 years and started coaching the sport seven years ago, so it means a lot to be chosen for the award.

“I would like to thank my coaching team of Gordon and William Brawley, David Frew, Ross, Frances and Suzi, and the parents and players of the club for supporting me so far in my coaching journey.”

The award looks to celebrate people who have made a notable impact on those they coach and who have “invested in their development” as a coach.

Charlie will be formally presented with the award by JudoScotland’s regional development officer Luke Struthers at a presentation in Irvine Judo Club on Thursday, December 1.

Luke said: “It is clear to see that Charlie has a huge impact on those he coaches at Irvine Judo Club.

“He has shown real commitment to his development as a coach with genuine enthusiasm.

"Charlie has been working through his technical grade to further his understanding of the sport which will aid his development.

“He is a valued member of the club who continues to have a positive impact on the community, raising funds for local charities while also providing a positive club environment for those taking part in judo.”