Davie Reilly

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Started judo in 1960 at the zo shi kan judoclub, trained in London at the renshudan judo club then came back and trained at clubs in Edinburgh,

I got into coaching at Meadow Bank Judo Club where I first met Marc Preston.  We, are still friends today, also joined the Scottish Judo coaching staff.

I moved to start my own club “Danderhall judo club” and it’s still going strong today.

The club has had many Scottish and British champions over the years.

I have been a support coach to Destination Judo for the last 15 years helping with squad sessions and working with the performance squad.

Q & A Session with your coach:

What are a few of your Judo highlights?

Training in London at a young age.  Starting my own club, and still working with people I’ve known for 30yrs.  Going to japan with the national futures squad a few years ago.

I have also been  recognised as British, Scottish, and Midlothian coach of the year at various points.

Favourite sport outside judo?

More Judo!


Sculpting, walking ( can’t run anymore ????) 

Keeping Fit

Walking, the gym, I try and get there as often as I can.

Favourite charity?

Cancer charities, as I have had skin cancer treatments over the last few years with wonderful treatment.


I’m a cat fan, I’ve got a wee ginger guy named Harvey ????.

Favourite country?

Scotland but love holidays in Catalonia Spain, and Greece.

Achievements outside of Judo?


Lived in many other countries such as Norway, Denmark, and Australia.  I still see my friends of 60 yrs, and finally: I’m still here!

Favourite Food and drink?

Where do I stop, I really like Indian food.  I like a glass of wine and wee G&T now and then.  Oh and water – I like water.

Danderhall Judo Club holds a very special place in the Destination Judo family.  Davie has supported Destination Judo and the performance  and competition squads in particular.


You can reach out to Danderhall Judo Club directly from here.

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